Healthiest Vending Machine Foods (Snacks)

By: Jennifer Hong - Staff Writer
Published: Mar 10, 2021

Healthiest Vending Machine Foods. The healthiest vending machine might not contain foods that are good for your diet. It still comes down to fresh fruits and veggies that aren’t loaded with preservatives.

Many, if not most foods you find in vending machines aren’t generally thought of as being all that good for you, but some are better than others - and the options may be getting even better soon.

“There are some healthy options in vending machines,” ShopSmart magazine Editor in Chief Lisa Lee Freeman says, “but there are going to be cases where you are choosing the lesser of two evils. Obviously, the better choice is a piece of fruit, really the best snack is not processed — like and egg or fruit with peanut butter.”

But the choices in a typical vending machine could include, say, candy bars, some of which, she says, “have as much fat as in an entire meal. In fact, a McDonald’s burger with the bun and ketchup and everything is 250 calories, and one Twix bar could have almost three times as much saturated fat as that burger.”

As a rule of thumb, you might find the healthiest choice with a quick glance at a vending machine by looking for the snack that takes the most time to consume. “That helps give your brain a chance to register that you’ve had something to eat,” Freeman explains.


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