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.
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