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Beyond Salt and Sugar: Vending and Nutrition

Believe it or not, if done correctly, snacking can actually work as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Snacking between meals can keep your appetite at bay, which means that when you eventually sit down to a full meal, you won’t be tempted to overindulge. After a starter and a main, you’ll likely feel full and satisfied, so there’ll be no need to tackle that towering mound of profiteroles.

Similarly, snacking on something healthier, such as fruits and nuts, can address those pesky sweet cravings and hunger pangs. 

Finally, a sensible approach to snacking can also act as a source for the sort of vitamins or nutrients you wouldn’t normally get from your meals. A healthy snack can keep you topped up with the good stuff while minimalizing your intake of less healthy items.

So how can vending machines help us to take this healthy approach to snacking?

The obvious answer is that employers should actively invest in their employees’ health through endeavouring to stock their vending machines with healthier, more nutritious snacks – fruit, nuts, cereal bars, and low calorie crisps.

At The Wise Vending Group, we offer a range of healthy vending solutions. Vending machines can actively contribute to a balanced diet with ease.

Beyond this, the responsibility lies in the hands of the brands. It’s fine to treat yourself now and then. The occasional chocolate bar or fizzy drink never hurt anyone. It’s only when these things are consumed excessively that you start to damage your health and pile on the pounds.

However, if brands make it clear just how much sugar, salt, and calories are in their products, then people will know how to incorporate their favourite drinks and snacks into a balanced diet.

Luckily, many brands do this already. Encouraging consumers to be “snack smart”, they clearly state just how much of an average person’s RDA of salt, fat, saturated fat, sugar, and calories can be found in that particular product.

Unfortunately, they can be a little ambiguous. For example, they might state how many calories are found in a 100ml serving, as opposed to a full 330ml can, which means that, at a glance, consumers might be tricked into thinking their snacks are healthier than they really are.

Which is why, ultimately, the responsibility to maintain a healthy lifestyle is not down to the brands or the vendors – it’s down to the consumers. No matter how tempting it is to eat crisps and chocolate every day, in the end, we’re all responsible for the choices we make.