Tools for Better Health in New York City

Educated Consumers in New York City

What are the ingredients in your favorite healthy vending machine snack or beverage? Do you know? If you do, you belong to a growing group of consumers who not only know which ingredients are in their food but also know the number of ingredients. According to Andrew Mandyz, Director of Strategic Insights at Nielsen, “There’s a shift in how people are thinking about ‘better for you.’ People are looking for back-to-basics, simpler ingredients.”

Ingredient Labels

Seeing the recipe for your snack or beverage would be the best way to learn about what is in it, and how much of each thing was used. But since that is rarely an option, there is another way for New York City students to learn about what is in their food and drink—by reading ingredient labels. Ingredients are listed in a very specific order. The largest ingredient is listed first, followed by each ingredient until the smallest ingredient. For example, a ready-to-drink cold tea that lists the ingredients tea (water, tea), sugar, and lemon is letting the consumer know that there is more tea than sugar and more sugar than lemon in the beverage. Nielsen found that “about 61 percent [of consumers] said that the shorter the ingredients’ list, the healthier the product.”

Online Resources

In addition to reading ingredient labels, consumers are researching health information online. Mandzy found that the number of consumers who went online for information went from 48% in 2014 up to 68% in 2016, a 20% increase. With a large amount of health information available online, and more New York City consumers using the internet, it is important to know how to determine if a website contains reliable information. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center offers some tips:

  • Don’t search the entire Internet. Start with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library [or other hospital website] or MedlinePlus.gov.
  • Evaluate commercial (“dot com”) sites carefully for bias and conflict of interest.
  • Check to see if the information is current (less than three years old).
  • Look for the credentials of the author (i.e. doctor, nurse, psychologist) to make sure the information is written by a health professional.
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Technology as a Tool

Using technology to track health-related activities and numbers are also on the rise. There are apps that are worn during activities such as running or walking, ones that track the number of hours slept and the quality of sleep, ones that track what an individual has eaten and count calories, and others that track heart health or healthy habits. With so many apps available, it can be challenging to find one that meets a New York City user’s needs. Harvard Health Publications recommends several things to consider when looking for the right app.

  • Have realistic expectations of the technology and watch out for unrealistic claims.
  • Read reviews. Try out a few different ones.
  • Read the fine print.
  • Ask for recommendations.
  • Look for ones “sponsored or created by established health advocacy groups, medical organizations, or universities”

Reading ingredient labels, researching health information and monitoring one’s own health-related activities are just a few of the many ways that consumers can become more knowledgeable. Sharon Allison-Ottey, MD and health educator, recently expressed that “the overall trend of a more-educated consumer is excellent” especially when it comes to a person’s diet. Which snack and beverage ingredients do your consumers want to see in their New York City energy star rated vending machines?

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6 Trends Coming to New York City in 2017

Healthy Trends in New York City

What was your favorite food or drink trend in 2016? Did you try kale or black raspberries? Both were on 2016’s top trends’ list. In 2017, we will see new trends in addition to some old ones from 2016 such as exploring new ways to decrease food waste and trying new-old foods. Mintel, a global market intelligence agency, recently published a report outlining 6 trends that will influence the global food and beverage market in 2017.

Plant Life

In 2017, plants will play a starring role in food and beverage choices. With the growing focus on health and wellness, New York City consumers are searching for products that will contribute to health-related goals. Multiple individuals are adopting natural, nourishing, and adaptable diets that prioritize fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, and botanicals. Rather than a complete dietary change, though, vegetarian and vegan products are only eaten occasionally. Consuming more plant-based products to improve one’s health will create an opportunity for growth for companies who manufacture healthy snacks, beverages, or meals with plant-based ingredients.

Historical Inspiration

Craft, artisan and homemade are favorable terms that describe a food or beverage’s story and create an emotional connection. As the world changes at a swift pace, consumers look to traditional foods from their heritage to provide safe and trustworthy experiences. Companies that are willing to develop new products will find interested consumers. Jenny Zegler, Global Food and Drink Analyst at Mintel, described it best when she connected traditional foods to the future. “The trust in the familiar does not eliminate the need for innovation; instead, it [emphasizes] the opportunity for manufacturers to look to the past as a dependable source of inspiration.”

Accessible Nutrients

As individuals in New York City realize that an unhealthy diet contributes to an increase in health problems, they begin searching for healthier options. The lack of cost-friendly and healthy choices requires a variety of solutions. Lowering the price of healthy foods, creating apps that help consumers locate affordable produce or meat, and decreasing food and beverage waste by finding other ways to use it are just a few of the approaches that have increased access to healthy food.

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Missing Valuables

Food waste is an issue that should be addressed from multiple angles. Rather than disposing of them, “ugly” or imperfect fruit and vegetables are sold at lower prices as well as use to create new recipes. Companies are altering supply chains to decrease the amount of wasted food, and addressing packaging as the type of packaging can impact spoilage.

Functional Relaxation

Just as consumers use energy drinks during the day to boost energy, there are now healthy snacks and beverages such as chamomile tea that help consumers relax at night. By combining the use of daytime functional beverages with the familiarity of night-time beauty products such as creams and serums, companies hope that New York City consumers will easily make the jump to nighttime functional foods and beverages. Teas, cereals, and athlete recovery products are already available to help the user fall asleep, avoid middle of the night cravings, and recover from athletic activity while asleep.

Fast & Slow

Time is a precious commodity, especially when it comes to meal preparation. Depending on the time of day, consumers either demand fresh, nutritious, and on-the-go food, or “slow,” time-intensive foods that are already partially prepared. Time of day and the day of the week are the key criteria for deciding if the meal or healthy snack must be fast or slow. For example, breakfast foods should require little or no preparation, but weekend meals can require more prep and cooking time. Depending on the product, companies will need to include “specific time-related claims” to appeal to consumers.

Which trends will your New York City students and employees gravitate toward in 2017? Will they look for healthy snacks and beverages with a twist of history or ones that are plant-based, fresh and full of nutrients?  Contact Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671 for more information.

New York City Residents Ask, “How Many Calories Are in That?”

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What is a calorie?

A calorie is a unit of energy that measures the amount of energy our bodies receive after eating or drinking. For example, if a healthy beverage or snack contains 100 calories, then your body gets 100 calories worth of energy from that snack or beverage. Reading nutrition labels are a great way to learn how many calories, among other things such as protein or carbohydrates, are in a specific healthy snack or beverage. Paying attention to the number of calories consumed is one of several tools available that can help us live a healthy lifestyle.

Calorie Counts and Labels

Because of the ongoing U.S. obesity epidemic, the medical and public health communities have sought out alternative ways to educate the public and begin reversing the problem. One approach has been to encourage consumers in New York City to understand more about the food and beverages consumed outside of the home as those calories count for one-third of total calories consumed. To ensure that consumers have access to the appropriate information, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) developed new requirements regarding the placement of calorie counts on restaurant menus (effective May 5, 2017) and nutrition label placement on items purchased from vending machines (effective December 1, 2016, except for specific food items sold from glass-front vending machines).Healthy Snacks in New York City

Andrew Breck, a doctoral candidate at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in New York City and co-author of the Philadelphia study “The Current Limits of Calorie Labeling and the Potential for Population Health Impact,” stated that “the success of such a calorie-labeling campaign, however, requires that target consumers simultaneously see the calorie labels, are motivated to eat healthfully, and understand how many calories they should be eating.” Unfortunately, the study found that fast food consumers in Philadelphia have not changed their choices even with calorie counts placed on the menu. But, Connie Diekman, director of university nutrition at Washington University and study co-author commented, “awareness is the first step in the change process, so if consumers begin to see the numbers, eventual change is possible.”

Healthy Eating

While not everyone is interested in considering nutritional labels, we would like to offer some motivation for those in New York City who might need it. Deciding to eat healthfully should be a personal decision as no two individuals are the same. For some, an increase in energy or feeling better is why they want to change their diet. For others, a stronger immune system and lower health care costs are the reason. In either case, making small simple steps and tracking your progress can help to avoid feeling overwhelmed. To maintain your new way of eating and keep food costs down, there are several things that you can do including educate yourself about how many calories you, as an individual, need and which foods offer which nutrients, find foods that taste good to you, and create a plan for menus and food prep that fits your lifestyle.

For those times when you need a snack or quick meal, cost and convenience do not need to outweigh nutrition. Healthy vending machines offer alternatives that not only meet nutritional requirements but are also cost-effective and convenient. Which healthy snacks and beverages will be available at your New York City office or school? Contact Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671 to learn more about healthy vending machine options.

Milk, Light Bulbs, and Taste Buds in New York City

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A healthy lifestyle is the sum of many small parts. Each small part on its own may not seem important, but when it is part of something bigger, it is easier to see the role it plays. Making healthy snack choices from a vending machine when you are at work or your child is at school is one way to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. While most of us think about our food choices, many of us don’t realize that the vending machine itself is one of the small parts that plays a role in the bigger picture.

Lighting

An important and necessary component of every healthy vending machine in New York City is lighting; otherwise, it is difficult to see which healthy snack or beverage to choose. The switch from fluorescent light bulbs to light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs in breakroom vending machines continues to occur as LED bulbs offer unique benefits. Compared to other types of light bulbs, the LED light bulb emits light in a specific direction without substantial loss of light and emits less overall heat. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Energy states that “today’s LED bulbs can be six-seven times more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lights and cut energy use by more than 80 percent.”

Sweet or Sour

Conserving energy through light bulb choice is just one reason to consider using LED light bulbs in your New York City vending machine. According to a recent study at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) titled “Retail Lighting and Packaging Influence Consumer Acceptance of Fluid Milk,” the type of light and packaging used in retail beverage coolers has an impact on the taste of the milk stored in that container. The researchers found that LED light bulbs caused less oxidation of the milk than fluorescent light bulbs did regardless of packaging type. In other words, the LED light bulbs caused the least amount of change to the structure of the milk resulting in what their participants described as better tasting milk. A Healthy Beverage in New York City

A Healthy Beverage

The taste or flavor of milk is important for New York City residents as they are more likely to purchase milk again if it tastes good. Per the Virginia Tech study, milk stored under LED lighting also retains more nutrients such as riboflavin, vitamins A and D, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and other vitamins and minerals because there has been less breakdown. Calcium, another mineral in milk, helps to build and maintain bones, teeth, and muscle mass in adults and children. In addition to the vitamins and minerals it provides, milk is an excellent source of high-quality protein as there is more protein in one cup of milk than in one large egg.

What combination of small parts do you use to help maintain a healthy lifestyle? Have you considered adding healthy snack and beverages to your office breakroom or local school lunch room? Contact Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671 for more information.

Vending Machines and the Mobile Wallet in New York City

Mobile Wallets and Vending Machines in New York CityHave you seen the Capital One TV commercial that asks, “What’s in your wallet?” It’s no longer just about what’s in the object that holds the cash and credit cards that you carry in your back pocket or handbag. It’s now about what type of wallet you use – a mobile wallet that holds a variety of credit card, bank account, and loyalty program information, or the one that holds actual cash and credit cards.

Historically, vending machines accepted only cash. As technology changed, so did the types of payments that vending machines allowed. Today, a new option is available that has the potential to increase sales at New York City’s healthy vending machines–the contactless transaction. This type of transaction is not only cashless but also credit cardless. The person purchasing a healthy snack or beverage needs only to carry a smartphone that has a mobile payment app, and he or she can quickly buy that item. Many universities and colleges have already seen an increase in the use of mobile wallets by students. Some of the more well-known mobile payment systems are Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay, but banks and credit cards are also creating their own mobile payment apps.

Do you use a mobile wallet? If you do, you are part of a segment of the population that is moving toward a cashless society. A June 2016 Gallop Poll found that fewer Americans are using cash for purchases today than they did five years ago. In November 2016, Capital One surveyed 1,805 individuals and found that 24.4% of the participants use a mobile wallet for purchases, and 63.3% of those individuals adopted the technology during the past year. That leaves 76.7% of those who participated in the study who do not use a mobile wallet. Another way to look at it is that there are 1,364 potential new mobile wallet users in the Capital One survey. Or 1,364 potential vending machine users in New York City that could purchase a healthy snack using a mobile wallet.

Mobile Wallets and Vending Machines in New York City

Digital advertising for contactless transactions or mobile payments also impacts the volume of sales at vending machines. A recent study by USA Technologies, Inc. (USAT) examined the relationship between digital advertising and the use of mobile wallets, specifically Apple Pay, at 35 vending machines in New York and Louisiana. They found that there was a 36.5% increase in overall sales at the machines that promoted the availability of Apple Pay.  Maeve McKenna Duska, senior vice president of marketing and sales at USAT, stated, “Based on our study, we believe that when businesses and operators present consumers with the option to pay for items with Apple Pay, the number of mobile payments made and the amount spent increases.” Given the large volume of vending machines currently being used in New York City and the increasing number of individuals who are switching to mobile wallets, there is an opportunity for growth as sales typically increase when mobile payments are available.

If you are looking for mobile payment options for your New York City healthy breakroom vending machine, contact Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671.

10 Mood-Boosting Superfoods

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Winter is coming. Holidays are coming. Desserts are coming. It’s the season of your grandma’s irresistible sugar cookies, piled mashed potatoes, and a plethora of holiday parties. In addition, this is the season of spending with Christmas approaching. How do you keep your mind and body sane?

While exercising, sleeping, and coffee dates with understanding friends are necessary in this season, what else can you do? One of the best ways to keep yourself in check – in mind and body – depends on your food choices. Understandably, you’re already overwhelmed at even the thought of your checklist. Don’t worry; choose a superfood. Superfoods are nutrient-rich food which benefits your health and well-being. The following 10, mood-boosting superfoods will help you keep your sanity, as well as make you happier.

  • Asparagus

If you’re looking for something to fight depression, asparagus is a solid choice. They’re also easy to prepare because they can be quickly roasted in the oven. They raise low folic acid levels (linked to depression) and contains vitamin C, which also helps ease depression.

  • Blueberries

If you’re the baking type, this is a perfect superfood to add some balance in your diet. Blueberries prevent aging and cell damage through phytonutrients. Since their antioxidants fight aging, it can reduce age-related problems, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. They also protect against cancer.

  • Broccoli

Vegetables related to the cabbage family, such as broccoli, can be extremely helpful to your body. They contain phytonutrients that discourage tumor growth or risk of cancer. In fact, one cup alone of broccoli can sustain you for the whole day, as it fulfills your daily dose of vitamin C.

  • Dark Chocolate

Maybe eating healthy foods is not your first choice. This does not mean, however, that you have to give up everything sweet. Dark chocolate in moderate amounts, such as 3.5 to 7 ounces a day, is actually more than okay. Cocoa flavanols, which dark chocolate is chalked full of, is known for reducing stress levels.

  • Eggs

Exercise is great. But without proper food to fuel you, it can make your energy feel depleted. Thankfully, eggs are very high in protein, making it the perfect breakfast food. Plus, it helps your body create serotonin, which is a natural way to fight depression. Three eggs are safe for consuming daily. They can be made in the morning with a cup of coffee or incorporated into your salad. Easy, quick, and healthy.

  • Honey

Do you tend to be an anxious person? If so, consider trying honey. This natural sweetener is known for having a calming effect. In addition, you can add this to your tea. Try this while curled up on your couch, reading a book to keep your mind at peace. Honey also has tryptophan, which is an amino acid. This amino acid creates serotonin, a hormone known for reducing stress and increasing relaxation. The recommended maximum amount per day is ten tablespoons.

  • Kale

A lot of hype seems to be around kale. Isn’t it just a trendy food for health nuts? Actually, maybe not. Kale has become a superfood for a reason. It contains phytonutrients, which prevents cancer. In addition, scientists suggest phytonutrients in kale tell the liver to produce enzymes. What does this mean? These particular enzymes can help stabilize substances that potentially cause cancer.

  • Oats

Have you ever wondered why horses eat oats? Their sensitive stomachs need something that’s easy to digest, but also healthy and tasty. Most of us could use that as well. These natural, whole grains are full of fibers. They’re also rich in magnesium, potassium, and phytonutrients. Oats also have a special fibers known for reducing cholesterol and preventing heart disease. In fact, research suggests that eating whole-grain oats can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Plus, you can add your dark chocolate chips to oat cookies for an easy, healthy alternative to typical holiday desserts.

  • Salmon

If you aren’t a vegetable fan, it might be hard to find superfoods. Fish, on the other hand, might be a fantastic alternative. In particular, salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids (something our bodies cannot produce on its own). Omega-3 fatty acids can do a plethora of good. They can improve circulation, reduce inflammation, balance cholesterol, and may even reduce risk of cancer. Additionally, they have several B vitamins and can prevent cell damage through selenium.

  • Tomatoes

Healthy vending new yorkTomatoes are easy to throw in a sandwich, salad, or practically any meal. In addition, they are extremely healthy, even containing an antioxidant that’s not typically found in other foods: lycopene. This particular antioxidant suggest protection against harmful UV rays and cancers, according to studies. It can also lower cholesterol. Furthermore, tomatoes have high amounts of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium.

Hopefully this small, but powerful list of superfoods can help you through the upcoming holidays. Whether it’s to keep your mind sane or your body slim, these options are easy to include in everyday life. With these superfoods, you can choose health without compromising your taste buds.

Are your New York employees finding the snacks and refreshments they want when they visit your break room? If not, call Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671 to learn more about healthy break room options.

Missing Breakfast is a Significant Problem for New York Employees

Healthy food vending New yorkYou’ve heard the famous saying: “Breakfast is the healthiest meal of the day.” But is that really true? Is it really that bad if you skip breakfast? You might be telling yourself, “who has the time to make eggs and toast with avocado on top?” In reality, there are many serious risks to skipping breakfast, ranging from your mood to obesity. Some even claim it can threaten your life to put off having a breakfast. Sacrificing ten minutes of sleep for a hearty breakfast is well worth your time for several reasons.

Moody

Skipping breakfast makes you more moody than necessary. According to a 2002 BBC News World Edition article, a moody temperament was improved if they ate breakfast. Furthermore, 26% of people had a large change in temperament by changing their diet. This included making breakfast a daily meal. Elizabeth Somer, author of Eat Your Way to Happiness, she admitted to being a “breakfast avoider for many years,” especially while working full time. When she stopped working full time, people said she would “gain tons of weight.” But she proved them wrong by making sure she ate a “sane breakfast and a light lunch,” which led to actually losing 30 pounds. Losing weight and having more energy makes her “a much happier human being.” Her changes can be implemented, even as a full time employee with enough effort.

Slowed metabolism

Healthy food vending new yorkBy skipping breakfast, you might be increasing your risk of obesity. In addition, losing weight may be harder for you,
simply because you are skipping breakfast. There are many benefits to eating breakfast. For example, you are less likely to overeat by making breakfast a priority in your day. It also quickens your metabolism and increases your energy throughout the day. This makes sense because when you are sleeping, you are fasting. “Prolonged fasting,” Leah Cahill warns, “leads to increases in diastolic and systolic blood pressure, blood concentrations of insulin, triglycerides, free fatty acids and LDL-cholesterol, and to decreases in concentrations of HDL-cholesterol.” In an attempt to correct this, you are more likely to make unhealthy choices as your cravings, leading to obesity. Of course, obesity comes with a slew of problems, such as infertility. Fasting for extended periods of time can be stressful on your body – even life-threatening. Clearly, breakfast is worth implementing into your daily life.

Menstrual Irregularities

College students are guilty of skipping breakfast in exchange for a few more minutes of sleep. This certainly can apply to many adults in the workforce, who may work late nights and have early mornings. Female students who skipped breakfast, according to a 2010 survey study by “Appetite,” had more menstrual irregularities than those who ate breakfast. Pain, irregularity, and even constipation was heightened by choosing to forgo breakfast.

Heart Problems

This is accompanied with a slower metabolism. But the problem is quite serious, apparently, according to a Harvard study evaluating eating habits and its influence for coronary heart disease (CHD) risk. In a group of 27,000 male healthcare professionals, they evaluated their lifestyle choices (such as skipping breakfast) and their health over 16 years. They were 45-82 years old at the beginning of the study. During the 16 years, 1527 CHD cases were diagnosed. In fact, men who skipped breakfast had a 27% higher risk of CHD than those who did not skip breakfast.

Slower Cognitive Development

In a Centers for Disease Control report, they found that children skipping breakfast had more trouble problem-solving. Students who ate breakfast, however, tested higher in standardized tests, missed less school, and were timelier to classes. This does not apply exclusively to children, though. As an adult, your body needs the energy to work effectively. Skipping breakfast is like going on a trip without a suitcase – it is a lot harder. While many see the problem with unhealthy food, the significance of eating healthy food may prove to be just as important.

What do you think? Do you focus better by having breakfast? Do you notice a difference? The results seem to indicate a strong case for eating breakfast. While it’s an easy meal to skip, especially in the beginning of the day, your mind and body will thank you later for taking the extra time for breakfast.

If you are looking for breakfast options for your New York breakroom, call   Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671 for a free, no obligation consultation.

Millennials are Changing America’s Eating Habits for the Better

 

Millennials are doing many things differently from their predecessors, especially in New York City. One of the biggest changes is their food choices. This should not be surprising, though, considering the lifestyle of millennials is very active. They are constantly on-the-go, squeezing as much as they can into a small amount of time. In a recent, nationwide survey by the Private Label Manufacturers Association, they discovered millennials’ love for food. Healthy foods and prepared, portable foods were at the top of their lists.healthy snack options new york city

The study included 1,838 shoppers between the ages of 20 and 29. Of the shoppers, 931 were women, while 908 were men. As one of the biggest surveys PLMA has commissioned in the United States, it’s probably one of the most accurate. The demographic group represents about 15% of the total population (roughly 50 million Americans).

According to the study, half of the consumers do not have a set schedule for meals. More than half like to snack throughout the day (62%) and take breaks to eat when they’re hungry (56%). In fact, sometimes they’ll snack more than have actual meals, such as lunch. Various reasons for snacking rather than eating included the following: planned on eating later and needed something to hold them over, rushed, or simply too busy. In fact, many ate on the go, while working, or in the car.

Millennials are also very loyal, especially when it comes to their food source. For instance, nine out of 10 regularly grocery shop in only one or two stores. A slim 3% shop at four or more. In addition, they visit their food store a minimum of once a week. They will also spend 30 minutes to an hour each time they shop.

The study refers to millennials as a “generation of nibblers and experimenters,” which seems to be an accurate summary. They love to shop at farmers markets, kiosks, push carts, and food trucks. Whether they eat at home or away, a full meal or small snacks, nearly all of them want fresh food. 35% desire fresh baked bread, while 48% search for fresh raw vegetables or green salads. Furthermore, 57% of them almost always reach for fresh fruits.

Access to fresh food is important to millennials for several reasons. For 42%, it’s healthy. That’s why they choose healthy foods. But others eat healthy food for pleasure (36%), nutrition (39%), and energy and stamina (34%). They’re also strongly opposed to certain products in their food. One in four say it’s important to avoid high fructose corn syrup, as well as GMOs, hormones, and antibiotics. As a result, millennials are aware of their ingredients in food. Three of four read labels on products for nutrition reasons, while nine out of 10 are aware of the ingredients in the food products they eat. An overwhelming 86% are aware of brands and 73% say they’re aware of the makers or producers of their food.

Food is equally sacred as it is embedded into their everyday lives. They are always snacking or eating on the go, but recognize its importance in different settings. While food is important for sustaining them through the work day, it has to fit in with their schedule. The schedules of millennials is already fast-paced. As a result, they want the energy to keep going, while also enjoying something fresh. Millennials are changing the way America eats, but in a healthy way.

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Healthy Food is Trending in New York

healthy food vending machines new york citySnacks are being redefined for many consumers here in New York City. The “war on sugar” has made decent progress, as consumers become more aware of the content in their food. In fact, Euromonitor International, a global market research company, presented new research at a London press briefing, which was called, “No Sugar Please: How Snacks are Being Redefined.”

John George, an ingredients analyst at Euromonitor, said that the “demonitization of sugar inevitably created a change in the type of ingredients used in snacks.” In a recent survey by Eoromonitor, 47% of global respondents actively search for food with limited or no added sugar. The presentation in London showed a 5% increase in “conventional” snacks, but 7% increase in healthy snacks in 2015-2015. Healthy snack growth can be attributed to “Western Europe and North America,” Jack Skelly, a food analyst at Euromonitor International noted. The “emerging trend” for healthier food has “increased by $10.8 billion from 2011 to 2016,” he said. In fact, Shelly said, it “could transform the food industry.”

The upcoming trend for healthy food has also led to new packaging healthy vending machines new york citysizes. Consumers are more aware of ingredients in food production, which also makes them more cautious in their choices. “We’ve seen an increasing polarization of pack sizes in conventional snacks, as larger formats are marketed for shared consumption,” said Karine Dussimon, senior packaging analyst at Euromonitor. “The aim of these new formats are to convey greater portion control and lower the guilt of buying a treat while still boosting impulse purchase,” she added.

People are also more aware of what’s considered a healthy weight. Healthy weight, Ewa Hudson, head of health and wellness research at Euromonitor said, is correlated with the “prevention of diabetes and other diseases, so minimizing sugar and calorie intake is high on consumers’ agenda.”

In other words, more information to the public has led to a bigger shift in food consumption. In particular, consumers have been making healthy choices. Euromonitor predicts an increase in new products within the snacking market. The demand for healthier food has grown, so products that will meet that demand will certainly excel.

Euromonitor’s presentation is only a small peek into the future. Consumers want healthier foods because they’ve become more knowledgeable. This knowledge, thanks to Western Europe and North America, has led to a larger demand for healthy food options. The transformation of snack sizes and types comes as no surprise, then, especially as the trend continues to grow.

If you are looking for healthy options for your breakroom, call 917-572-3671  today for a free, no obligation consultation, where we can help you with your breakroom needs.

 

 

 

Health Information Has A Place In Your New York City Break Room

Healthy Beverages New York City BreakroomsDoes your New York City break room provide health information for consumers looking to follow healthy lifestyles?

Everyone in the refreshment services business, whether they know it or not, is in the public health business. Which means every environment where consumers buy food should have health awareness information that is visible and accessible.

The food industry has made a lot of progress in improving health awareness in recent years. The industry played a big role in embracing the nationwide campaign to fight obesity. The food industry took a responsible position and advised consumers to follow healthy lifestyles. As a result, some progress has recently been reported in reducing obesity.

U.S. adult obesity rates decreased in four states – Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio – increased in two (Kansas and Kentucky) – and remained stable in the rest, between 2014 and 2015, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, a report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). This marks the first time in the past decade that any states have experienced decreases – aside from a decline in Washington, D.C. in 2010.

In addition, recent national data show that childhood obesity rates have stabilized at 17 percent over the past decade. Rates are declining among 2- to 5-year-olds, stable among 6- to 11-year-olds, and increasing among 12- to 19-year-olds.

Nonetheless, obesity rates are overall too high and industry has to continue to do its part to help consumers live healthy lifestyles.

Health warning labels can steer teens away from sugary drinks, a new study suggests. The intention of these labels is not to eliminate the choice of choosing a sugary drink, but to be aware of the need to always make a sensible choice.

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“The average teen in the United States consumes at least one sugar-sweetened beverage every day, which could account for more than twice the recommended daily serving of sugar,” said Christina Roberto, an assistant professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

“The rate of sugar consumption in the U.S. is astounding and contributes significantly to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other dangerous and costly health conditions,” she added.

Warning labels about obesity do help teens make good choices.

A recent online survey assessed the hypothetical beverage selections of more than 2,000 youngsters, aged 12 to 18. The drinks had either no label or one of five health warning labels. One label featured calorie content and four carried variations of a written warning that sugary beverages contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.

While 77 percent of the participants said they would select a sugary drink if there was no warning label, participants were 8 percent to 16 percent less likely to select a sugary drink that bore such a message, the study found.

Sixty-two percent of the participants said they would support a warning label policy for sugary drinks.

The findings highlight the need for nutrition information at the point of purchase to help people make healthier choices, said study co-author Eric Van Epps, a postdoctoral researcher at the university’s Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics.

Every environment where food and refreshments are purchased should encourage consumers to follow healthy choices. Healthy lifestyles contribute to healthy workers, who are important to the wellness of society and industry.

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