UK Study Suggests Healthier Choices In Hospital Vending Machines Reduces Sugar, Caloric Intake

Posted On: 8/8/2018

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LEEDS, England -- Adding more healthy snacks and beverages to the mix in hospital vending machines drives staff and patients to consume more of them, according to a study conducted by England's Leeds Teaching hospitals' NHS trust, in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care.

For the trial, the researchers removed traditional snacks and beverages high in sugar from 11 cold beverage machines and six snack machines and added healthier products positioned so they were easily visible, The Guardian reported.

The study found that reducing the number of sugary snacks and introducing healthier alternatives in hospital vending machines encouraged people to reduce their intake of both sugar and calories.

Specifically, sales of bottled water rose by 54%, while 38% fewer sugary drinks were bought; potato chip sales fell; and overall sales of drinks and snacks increased and the products sold contained 25% less sugar and 26% less calories than with the previous machine menus.

Click here to read The Guardian article.