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Are Your "Healthy" Snacks Really Good For You? (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 10/28/10 01:57 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:10 PM ET

Most of us know that a jelly glazed doughnut is not a healthy snack option, and that hitting the vending machine in the late afternoon isn't the best idea. But there are some snacks we think are good for us that aren't necessarily healthy options.

The American Dietetic Association's Keri Gans, M.S., R.D., C.D.N, author of "The Small Change Diet" (Gallery, 2011), offers better alternatives to these seven thought-to-be-healthy snacks.

 
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What really matters is what's actually in those calories, says Gans. 100-calorie snack packs will often leave you hungry because they're high in sugar and low in dietary fiber, which takes longer to digest and helps regulate your blood sugar levels.

Opt for: Roasted edamame if you're looking to satisfy that salty, crunchy craving. Edamame is packed with fiber, protein and the 'good fat,' monounsaturated fat. To satisfy a sweet tooth try non-fat Greek yogurt with berries. Greek yogurt has more protein and less added sugar than other yogurt varieties.

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