Translation? Nuts coated in sugar. When you're looking to trim down, you'll want to reduce your sugar intake, so these candied nuts won't be much help. In fact, they'll only add calories and derail your diet.
"Sugar-coating adds harmful calories to an otherwise superhealthy food. Americans get too many of their daily calories from just this kind of added sugar, and it can lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease," says Moon. Think: 190 calories per one-ounce candied pecans, she says.
A healthier choice would be fresh fruit for a sweet fix. "If you’re looking for something sweet in your salad, add fresh fruit for natural sweetness, hydration, antioxidants, fiber, and other essential nutrients. These fruits go great in salads: fresh table grapes, blueberries, strawberries, and mandarin orange segments," says Moon.
And, don't go dried, here. Dried fruit is high in sugar and calories (like Craisins), so they should be avoided.