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Health Food Imposter #7: 100-Calorie Snack Packs

Just because a bag of chips or cookies is only 100 calories doesn’t turn it into a healthy food. “Manufacturers and advertisers alike are tuning into the concept of 100-calorie meals and trying to confuse you while working this to their dollar advantage,” says Dian Griesel, Ph.D., a nutritionist and co-author of TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast. Griesel says packaged foods like these are still high in carbohydrate and fat, and they're easy to overeat. “This will immediately spike your insulin levels, once again putting your body back on the fat storage, depression-oriented roller coaster,” she says.

The Better Pick: Forget pricey snack packs and stick with real food that will fill you up, not out. Griesel recommends any of these 100-calorie-or-less snack ideas: Five fresh apricots, 40 blackberries, a one-inch cube of cheddar cheese, 15 shrimp or one cup of vegetable soup.

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