The Best and Worst Lunch Choices

Pack a healthy lunch, and save a little cash: Ditch these food-industry Frankenfoods.

By Jean Nick


Cookies, Snack Cakes, Muffins, and Other Commercial Baked Goods

Rich in high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, white flour, and preservatives to keep them "fresh," these items are guaranteed to send the eater into sugar shock, destined to drop into a semi-stupor a few hours later.

Better: Pack dried fruits or fruit and nut bars as sweet lunch treats. For occasional treats, buy boxes of organic cookies and pack 100 calories' worth (often about three cookies) in small containers, or make your own baked treats and package small servings of them.