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iVillage.com: 'Healthy' Foods that Really Aren't

Health Food Imposter #16: Granola Bars

Trying to make a healthy choice at snack time? Skip the granola bars, says Cottrill; you're better off eating a cookie! “A cookie and a granola bar each weigh in at about 170 calories, but if the cookie is homemade you’re much better off,” she says. Most granola bars are high in fat, sugar and filled with high-fructose corn syrup, which one is one of the quickest ways to experience a sugar high followed by a crash, says Cottrill.

The Better Pick: If you need a portable snack, go for a handful of almonds instead. Just one ounce (23 almonds) contains 35 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin E, fiber, the essential fatty-acids omega 3 and 6, zinc, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and their monounsaturated healthy fat keeps you satisfied for hours -- all for the same 170 calories per ounce, says Cottrill.

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