Starting January 1, vending machines across the nation are required to present calorie information for products sold. This is a small part of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) that deals with nutrition. We wish there was more attention to food and prevention in the law, but this is better than nothing at all.
There are 5 million vending machines in America, and despite the whining of vending machine operating companies that calorie labeling will lead to financial losses, they are required to complete the process by the end of this year. We don’t foresee any vending machines disappearing from offices, public institutions, or schools.
Although nutrition is much more than just calories, having the calorie count front and center may help an individual opt out of some choices. It may also encourage the addition of lower calorie snacks to the mix. In the war on obesity, every small advantage counts.
Do you buy from vending machines?
Will calorie information change your purchase decision?