5 'Healthy' Foods to Avoid

Low-fat peanut butter and energy bars make the list

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 4, 2012 11:02 AM CST

(Newser) – Some foods have an underserved reputation as being healthy snacks, writes Katherine Tallmadge at the Washington Post. She runs down five common ones, including:

  • Energy bars: These are actually "calorie bombs," she writes. Sugar is usually the first or second ingredient. Going for a hike? Try nuts and dried fruit instead.

  • Reduced-fat peanut butter: The oil is the healthiest part, so it actually makes the peanut butter less healthy to remove it. Use the regular stuff.
  • "Enhanced" water: Vitaminwater and similar brands sound like they'll do you wonders; their products, however, are pretty much just sugar water.
See the full list here.

Energy bars ... not as healthy as you'd think.
Energy bars ... not as healthy as you'd think.   (Photo: Business Wire)
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