I don't know about you, but I love to eat. In addition to a nice meal with my family, I find myself wanting a little snack to nosh on at various points throughout the day.

The problem I always run into is finding foods that taste good, are easy and convenient, and are healthy. The first two conditions are easy enough to fulfill; it's the third requirement where problems arise, and for good reason. Eating right takes time and effort, and as we've all learned over time, foods that taste good are often not the best for us.

Interestingly enough, one area in particular that we could pay special attention to are foods that we have been led to believe are healthy but in fact are not. While standards of healthy eating are always shifting, and what we're told is good for us changes from year to year, there is also a certain amount of misunderstanding by the public as well as misinformation from food manufacturers.

Therefore it is important to make good choices in the foods we buy and the quantities we consume. This stems from being informed and knowing what is truly good for us and what is unhealthy.

Here are 10 foods commonly promoted as healthy, but in reality, aren't.

1. Yogurt

Yogurt is in fact a good food, but only if you buy it plain. Most yogurts, especially those targeting kids, are loaded with sugar. This is especially true for ones with fruit at the bottom, where sweeteners make the fruit tasty but increase the total caloric content.

2. Prepared Salads

When we think healthy, one of the first foods to come to mind are salads, and rightly so: many salads are good for us. However, prepared salads that we purchase are often made with plenty of mayonnaise, salt, and sugar, so be aware.

3. Protein/Energy Bars

The name elicits images of vitality and performance, but in reality, many protein bars are just glorified candy bars that sometimes contain just as much, if not more, sugar or high fructose corn syrup. The number of calories contained in them are for athletes who are very active.

4. Whole Grain Muffins

Muffins, even ones made with bran, can be healthy but are heavy in salt, fat, and calories due to portion size. The cumulative effect negates any health benefit from the bran, especially if you add butter or jam.

5. Sports Drinks

Performance beverages are really just high-tech versions of soft drinks, filled with empty calories in the form of sugar (not to mention artificial flavors and colors). Though they usually contain necessary electrolytes, they are designed for athletes who require salt replenishment.

6. Reduced Fat Peanut Butter

Peanuts are high in fat, but they are mono-saturated fats, i.e., the healthy kind. Reduced fat peanut butters use artificial oils that could be worse for you and usually have the same number of calories as regular peanut butter because of all the added sugar.

7. Granola

I love granola and always associated it with a healthy outdoor lifestyle. The reality is that granola can be incredibly high in fat and sugar. Read the labels of your favorite granola and see for yourself.

8. Smoothies

The basis of a smoothie (fruit, yogurt, juice) can be healthy, but once you super-size it and add all that sugar it can result in a calorie-filled confection. Furthermore, sweet tasting liquid calories are so easy to mindlessly consume.

9. Fat-Free Foods

Fat-free can give us the impression of low-calorie, but this is often not the case, particularly with processed foods. While most fruits and vegetables are fat free, processed fat-free foods are usually packed with sugar and salt to add flavor and ultimately raise the calorie count.

10. Diet Soda

In addition to tasting awful, diet sodas are usually devoid of a single natural ingredient except for water. Do you really want to infuse your body with that? Ironically, the artificial sweeteners used in diet sodas have also been linked to weight gain.

Eating right takes a little thought and diligence, but it's not impossible.