A new bill introduced by California lawmakers aims to regulate the contents of snacks sold in vending machines. The proposed law would require at least 50 percent of the food sold in vending machines on state properties (like libraries, schools and other municipalities) to meet implemented nutritional guidelines by January of 2015.
Grow Vending, a vending machine concept that prides itself on nutritious and chemical-free snacks, has already signed the new bill claiming it aligns with the vending machine franchise’s mission to offer healthy snack food alternatives to the preservative laden and nutritionally deficient soft drinks that make up the majority of vending machine fare.
Beverages approved under the proposed guidelines include:
- carbonated water products without added caloric sweeteners
- 1%, 2% or fat-free milk
- nondairy alternatives without added caloric sweeteners
- Fruit-based drinks with at least 50 percent fruit juice, limited to 12-fl oz.
- 100% vegetable juices (200 mg. sodium cap)
- Sports drinks
Healthy snacks sold through vending machines would have to abide my the following guidelines:
- No more than 35 percent of total calories from fat
- 10 percent of total calories from saturated fat
- 35 percent of total weight from sugar
- Trans fat free
- Less than 200 calories or 230 mg of sodium
- Individual entrées cannot exceed 500 calories per serving and 480 mg sodium
Exceptions made for nuts, whole-grain products and individually wrapped cheeses, among other foods.