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Vending Machine Foods Are An Unhealthy Choice For Schoolchildren

September 3, 2010: 03:43 PM EST
Students who regularly eat snacks and beverages purchased from sources that compete with USDA lunch program offerings – vending machines, school stores, snack bars and other related outlets – are at greater risk for developing unhealthy diet habits that could lead to being overweight, obese or at risk for chronic health conditions like diabetes and coronary artery disease, according to new U.S. research. Researchers looked at food intake data from questionnaires provided by 2,309 el/sec schoolchildren. Twenty-two percent consumed “competitive” or vended food items in a school day. Usage was highest in high school, where 88 percent of schools had vending machines. Vending machine food and beverage consumers consumed much more sugar and much less dietary fiber, vitamin B and iron than non-consumers.
Madhuri Kakarala, M.D., Ph.D., et al., "Schoolchildren's Consumption of Competitive Foods and Beverages, Excluding à la Carte", Journal of School Health, September 03, 2010, © American School Health Association
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