Foods Women Over 40 Should Never Eat

As you get older, you may begin to notice that your digestive system reacts differently to the foods you used to eat without problems. This is normal – but taking care of your intestinal health can help to smooth out these unpleasant changes and keep things regular.

Below we’ve put together some of the worst foods you shouldn’t eat if you’re over 40.

1. Hot dogs

They may be high in protein and keto-compatible, but processed meats can have adverse health effects. Deli meats, bacon, and hot dogs generally contain carcinogenic nitrates and nitrites and contain high amounts of sodium that raise blood pressure.

A study published in 2013 in the journal European Cytokine Network found that sodium nitrate increases oxidative stress, which can damage collagen and elastin, two substances that promote youthful skin.