The Worst Vending Machine Snack to Buy

While most processed snack items aren't the epitome of nutritious, there is one common vending machine snack that stands out as the worst.

Candy, especially varieties without nuts, seeds, and chocolate, is the worst snack to choose from a vending machine.

The distinction here between types of candy is important. While chocolate bars and candy packed with caramel, nougat, and nuts aren't the best snack option either, candy with high sugar content and

very little protein and fat is considered to be even worse.Most candy is made using refined sugar, which research suggests may raise blood pressure, increase chronic inflammation, and

contribute to weight gain, diabetes, and fatty liver disease. While sugar is one of the most common ingredients used in all types of candy,the balance of sugar,fat, & protein in some candies is worse

Why high-sugar, low-protein candy is so bad for you

The reason candies with low protein and fat content are considered the worst is without these macronutrients,

the sugar content is able to impact blood sugar quicker and more significantly than candy options that contain some fat and protein.Additionally, non-chocolate candies tend to have more refined sugar

per serving compared to chocolate-based candies. This concentrated sugar content combined with little to no fat and protein is more likely to lead to energy spikes and falls and be less satiating.

When carbs, like sugar, fat, and protein are all present in a snack, even candy, there tends to be a lesser spike in blood sugar, which is more beneficial for health.

So, if you are heading to the vending machine with a desire for something sweet, a Snickers bar would be a better choice than Skittles.


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