Our first stop is the popular energy bar section. “As lifestyles get busier, people grab these in place of meals,” Lanzano says. She immediately flips over a package to see if the ingredients are nutritionally sound and predominantly whole foods — meaning real foods in forms as close to their natural state as possible, such as nuts and dried fruits. In a worthy energy bar, the first ingredient — or at least the second — should be a whole grain (oats, wheat) or protein (nuts, whey), Lanzano says, not sugar. Also, beware that various types of sugars — which can have names such as high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, evaporated cane juice, and brown rice syrup — might appear several times in a single ingredients list. “The sugar [in its various forms] might not be front and center,” says Moores. “But when you add together all the times it occurs, it would be higher in the ingredients list.”