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