First, you have to remember that when hundreds of thousands of people, perhaps millions of people latch on to an idea of eating better, the marketers are quick to take advantage of your sensibilities. So, let's look at some of these supposed "healthy alternatives."
Reduced-fat peanut butter: The article summarized that taking the oil out or reducing it from peanut butter is actually reducing the benefit of the product. Oils from nuts, (in moderation), are heart-healthy. Also, some of these "healthy choice" peanut butters are backfilled with additional sugars or other ingredients that try to make it palatable.
Energy Drinks: Basically, most of these drinks are overpriced sugar water with vitamins thrown in. Have you ever read the nutrition panel on these waters? Stick to good old fashioned water for hydration and take vitamin supplements.
Energy Bars: Basically they are candy bars in new clothing. Sugar - Sugar - and more sugar. If you want nutrition and energy, stick to fruits and vegetables.
Multi-grain foods: "Multi" is not WHOLE! If you put corn and wheat into a cracker, voila! you have multi-grain crackers. Don't be fooled. Most of these multi-grain snacks have a lot of sugar, salt, and starches which can drive up blood pressure and prevent you from losing weight.
There are more foods listed in the article, I just wanted to give you a "taste." If you are interested in getting a copy of the article, drop me a line. I'll send it to you.
Chill out - ChillFit