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.   (Photo: Business Wire)
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