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10 Healthy (and 10 Terrible!) Vending Machine Snacks

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It's crunch time, and the snack machine is whispering your name. Pushing the wrong buttons could be a diet disaster -- so check out our top 10 nutritional nightmares, and the 10 smartest snacks.

Guilty Pleasures

These 10 snacks top our "just-don't-do-it" list. Most are packed with sugar, fat, and calories. Check out what you should avoid -- and then choose from our smart snack options instead.

The Worst Pick

1. Drake's Apple Fruit Pie
440 calories, 27g fat, 7g sat fat, 8g trans fat
The Bottom Line: Nutritional nightmare

Second Worst

2. Austin Cheese Crackers with Cheddar Cheese
210 calories, 10g fat, 2g sat fat, 4g trans fat
The Bottom Line: A trans fat fest

Other Guilty Pleasures

3. Pop-Tarts Frosted Strawberry
420 calories, 10g fat, 2.5g sat fat, 40g sugar
The Bottom Line: For sharing only

4. Doritos
250 calories, 13g fat, 2.5g sat fat, 2g fiber
The Bottom Line: "Nacho" best option

5. Skittles
250 calories, 2.5g fat, 2.5g sat fat
The Bottom Line: More calories and fat than Twizzlers

6. Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers (27)
160 calories, 8g fat, 2g sat fat
The Bottom Line: No fiber, no protein

7. Ruffles Original
160 calories, 10g fat, 3g sat fat
The Bottom Line: Nothing but empty calories

8. Cheetos Crunchy
160 calories, 10g fat, 1.5g sat fat
The Bottom Line: Not great, but could be worse

9. Twix
280 calories, 14g fat, 11g sat fat
The Bottom Line: More "bad" fat than a Snickers

10. 3 Musketeers
260 calories, 8g fat, 5g sat fat, 40g sugar
The Bottom Line: Lower fat, but still candy

Nutritional information is for contents of entire package, unless otherwise noted.

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MeganHealthy wrote:

I love that my place of work just got a healthy vending machine that's FULL of healthy alternatives to junk food! It makes my choices so much. Our machine even has healthier drink and meal options for those days when I can't break away for lunch. Our machine is from HealthyYOU Vending and I would totally recommend looking into them! I might even purchase some as a way to make some money on the side and provide healthy options to my community.

12/17/2013 04:11:10 PM Report Abuse
rosaricupati wrote:

I am to see both list..the sunflowers as being the best pick for healthy got me...was happy to see it..thanks it was great to read :-)

8/8/2013 03:49:27 PM Report Abuse
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1/31/2012 02:58:59 AM Report Abuse
towerdeli wrote:

This list is really helpful. Those who read this should completely avoid those food. They're not food, they're junk. We should always make effort to eat healthy and teach our kids about healthy living as well.

9/30/2010 05:15:47 AM Report Abuse
aharlin1 wrote:

huntingmom44, the healthiest picks are on the second page. the link is kind of hard to find. it is down at the bottom in blue. and sun chips and seeds are on there!

9/23/2010 01:11:58 PM Report Abuse

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