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Choosing the Right Snack
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Snack Machine : Building 1, Second Floor
Selection: Lays KC Masterpiece BBQ Potato Chips, Fritos Corn Chips, Cheetos, TGI Friday’s Sour Cream & Onion Potato Skins, Snyder’s Pretzels, Big Kit Kat, Nacho Cheese Doritos, Flamin Hot Cheetos, Pringles Original Chips, M&M Cookie, Cheddar & Sour Cream Ruffles, Lays Classic Potato Chips, Plain M&M’s, Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ruger Wafers, Reeses Pieces, Grandma’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Pringles Sour Cream & Onion Chips, Peanut M&M’s, 3 Musketeers, Nature Valley Oats ‘n Honey Granola Bar, Hershey’s with Almonds, Plantation Brownie, Milky Way, Oreo Cookies, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Knott’s Berry Farm Raspberry Shortbread, Twix, Lays BBQ Chips, Kars Salted Peanuts, Mr. Freshley’s Crème Filled Gold Fingers, Texas Cinnamon Roll, and Mr. Freshley’s Bear Claw Danish.

Worst Choice:
With such an extensive selection, there are a few especially bad choices in this machine. The three worst are the Texas Cinnamon Roll, Crème Filled Gold Fingers, and Bear Claw Danish.

The Texas Cinnamon Roll has 470 Calories—that's almost a meal! And, over 1/3 of your daily fat, with 25 grams of fat. Two Tablespoons of butter only have 22 grams of fat. Additionally, this product was among the highest in saturated fats with 7 grams.

Crème Filled Gold Fingers have 470 Calories with 44 grams of sugar, 510 mg of sodium, and 20 grams of fat. To put the sodium and sugar content in perspective, consider that a bag of Kar’s Salted Peanuts out of this same machine only has 130 mg of sodium and a Hershey’s bar with Almonds only has 18g of sugar.

Bear Claw Danishes contain 480 Calories with 38 grams of sugar, 300mg of sodium, and 22 grams of fat. They also have the second highest amount of trans-fatty acids (15.6 g) and most cholesterol (45 mg) of all the vending machine products we evaluated.

A Good Choice:
A "snack" should realistically be under 200 Calories. Snyder’s Pretzels at 180 Calories is the best choice here. A good idea if what you are looking for is a little something to tide you over until you can go home. For something more substantial, try opting for those Kar’s Salty Peanuts. Sure, peanuts are high in fat, but you are getting 14 grams of protein to help get you though the day. Just make sure you compensate by eating low fat for the rest of the day.

Candy Machines : Building 8, First Floor & Building 2, First Floor
Selection: Snickers, Peanut M&M’s, Twix, Milky Way, and Big Kit Kat

Worst Choice:
Watch out for Big Kit Kat. It contains nearly one-quarter of your daily saturated fat. All that fat in such a little package significantly contributes to this candy bar’s 290 Calories. Remember, that is nearly one quarter of your daily Calories, making it a meal without adequate vitamins, minerals, fiber or protein.

A Good Choice:
Your best option is probably peanut M&M’s. One package is lower in Calories than any other item in those particular machines. With peanut M&M’s, you also get the benefit of 5 g of protein. Although a Snickers bar has peanuts too, it has more fat, sugar and Calories, less protein, and nearly six times the sodium of Peanut M&M’s. Remember, you will still need to compensate for your snack by eating extra fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals later.

Chip Machine: Building 8, First Floor
Selection: Doritos Nacho Cheese Ultra Grab, Doritos Cool Ranch Ultra Grab, Cheetos Crunchy Ultra Grab, Cheetos Flamin Hot King Size, Fritos Chile Cheese Corn Chips King Size, and Funyuns Onion Flavored Rings King Size
However, since most of these slots are out-of-stock, your actual choices are only Cheetos or Flamin Hot Cheetos.

Worst Choice:
Beware of both Cheetos Ultra Grab and Cheetos Flamin Hot King Size, each with 2.9 servings per bag. Unless you have 1.9 friends standing by to share them with, we assume you plan to eat the whole bag. What you need to know is that by doing so, you are consuming nearly a quarter of your daily calories and nearly a third of your daily fat and sodium intake. That’s no longer a snack, it’s a meal without the vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and other nutritional benefits which are supposed to come with eating a meal.

A Good Choice:
You may even want to consider bypassing the chips altogether and visiting the candy machine down the hall instead. OK, go ahead and eat the chips–can you eat only 1/3 of the bag? If you do eat the whole bag, when you get home, make your next meal something high in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. We suggest veggies, fruit, and 4-6 oz. meat.

Is the biggest package the wisest choice?…


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