Deceptively Fattening Foods in Your Supermarket Cart
Here's why you should be wary of salad kits in a bag and other seemingly healthy items. Plus, one "junk food" that really isn't so bad after all.
By Lynn Andriani
Apple and Banana Chips
We knew fresh fruit trumps dried in almost every nutrition department—but we were shocked to see just how big the difference is when it comes to the two most popular fruits in America: apples and bananas. Elizabeth Somer, registered dietitian and author of Eat Your Way to Happiness, says these snacks—which we'd considered only slightly less good for you than the real deal—can be the caloric equivalent of a potato chip. Indeed, a raw apple has about 65 calories and 0.2 grams of fat, while some 1-ounce servings of the chips have 140 calories and 7 grams of fat (from canola or sunflower oil, and corn syrup). A raw banana, meanwhile, has about 90 calories and 0.3 grams of fat, versus 150 calories and 10 grams of fat in a serving of the crunchy version (many manufacturers deep fry the chips in coconut or sunflower oil so they crisp up).