Is Diet Soda the True Culprit When it Comes to Health Risks?


The results are in and it looks like diet soda may not be as bad for you as researchers thought. Recent studies suggests there are more factors to consider when trying to link diet sodas to obesity, increased blood pressure and diabetes. Experts still worry about the chemicals present in diet soda and for some there isn’t even a question on whether or not diet soda is worth the risk. “Just get rid of it,” Keri Glassman, R.D.N advises. “It is filled with unhealthy chemicals, including artificial sweeteners, which actually make you crave more calories later.”

Some experts suggest taking a closer look at other bad habits to see if they play more of a role in decreased health than an occasional indulgence in a can of diet soda. Other bad habits might be to blame, if you are a smoker or live an inactive lifestyle, diet soda may not be the true offender.

“Consumers of diet soda who engage in other lifestyle behaviors associated with poor health outcomes are at a greater risk than those who balance their intake of diet soda with other healthful habits,” says Cara Harbstreet, of Street Smart Nutrition as Women’s Health notes. “The variables make it difficult to pinpoint whether diet soda consumption alone is the cause of negative health outcomes, or whether it’s the culmination of a number of factors…I lean towards the latter, since nothing in nutrition or health exists in a vacuum.”

For those looking to cut down on the amount of sugar or artificial sweeteners added to your drinks, consider switching to a seltzer or removing soda from your home but ordering it at a restaurant or bar.

“Choosing to drink (or eat) any one specific item is always a deeply personal choice,” Harbstreet says, “So I pose the question, which is the lesser of two evils?”

We want to hear from you! Do you think diet soda plays a key role in decreased health status? Or should consumers consider other bad habits before blaming diet soda?

SUGAR RUSH: Candy Bars are the bomb!

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A while ago we came across Mars’ limited edition Milky Way French Vanilla and Caramel and we were just absolutely craving the bar at the sound of it! Later, this limited edition candy bar was introduced into the vending and micro market channels and now, the bar is back! New, interesting flavors of common products are just so intriguing, plus, there have been so many of these kinds of products in the market recently – especially when something new is trending or when seasons/holidays are around the corner. Let’s take a closer look at the Milky Way French Vanilla and Caramel bar with some reviews

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Milky Way also has Caramel Apple Minis during Halloween. What a fun themed candy bar for such a festive season! Has anyone given these a try? We can’t wait to get our hands on these this coming Halloween! Here’s a review of them from FatGuyFoodBlog:

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Tell us what you think of this yummy candy bar if you’ve tried it!

Sustainable Coffee Capsules – What’s Your Take On It?

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Single-serve coffee has become a thing of today. While the markets for freshly brewed coffee are still hot, the single-serve market is definitely heating up. According to MarketWatch; which is published by Dow Jones & Co., single-serve coffee still accounted for less than half the volume of regular coffee sales, but they were forecast to rise by 213% to an estimated $3.1 billion in 2012 from 2011. With the quick adoption of single-serve coffee by consumers, many large brands, and even new brands are joining this coffee trend.

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Here’s an interesting thought though, with the rising concern for environmental sustainability, how in line is the concept of single-serve coffee with these concerns? Many of the disposable capsules or pods are usually made of plastic or another chemically engineered material that isn’t biodegradable. With people drinking so much coffee every day, week or month, this indefinitely accumulates a ton of waste, and not to mention, requires a large amount of resources to keep producing. Beanarella, a Swiss Coffee Company which was founded in 2011 is one of the players in the single-serve coffee market. Beanarella was granted the “Golden Idea Award 2013” for being the first company to create a compostable coffee capsule worldwide. We think this is a huge step in the right direction and hope to see other brands following in their footsteps in the near future.


How about you? Are you a fan of the Keurig Coffee Brewers or any other single-serve coffee products? The coffee industry is now addressing sustainability concerns, but how willing would you be to pay more to use the more sustainable products?

Let us know your take on this!

Five Senses Coffee Vending Machine

There have been hundreds of vending solutions to one of humanity’s early-morning problems: “How can I get a decent cup of coffee on the go?” This same question was asked by Scott Martin, founder of Coffee Nation.

Since he asked that question in 1999, Martin has been working to develop quality coffee machines throughout England. His success was noticed by Costa Coffee and he was signed on to their vending division, Costa Express to create one of the most innovative coffee vending machines the world has seen.

The Marlow 200 is the product of this 12-year journey and the first models have rolled out in Dubai International Airport’s new Terminal 3. The machines are called five-senses machines because they engage consumers with all five senses. The collaborative efforts made to create this machine are almost more impressive than the machine itself. Costa Express enlisted the help of various companies from around the world specializing in anything from aeronautic design to mobile gaming and scent engineers.

While this machine is quite remarkable and the coffee it produces (with 250 varieties available!) is reported to be just as good as what the creating company’s own baristas create, National Vending has to ask if it is too much? Knowing your target market and demographics are what makes the difference for vending management companies and operators. For Dubai’s Terminal 3, this might be the perfect solution, but finding out what will impress your customers can be more valuable than offering a machine that recreates the sounds and smells of a coffee shop.

Reward Your Employees with Cafe Food Service

National VendingThough our name is “National Vending” our vending services stretch much further than vending machines themselves. We are happy to provide businesses with a bevy of quality food options, and our cafe food service is just one of the many options we are proud to offer to any size establishment.

Whether you work in the medical field or at a busy technology company, we can make sure your employees have a better dining experience than ever before. National Vending has a wide network of local operators all over the country, and we can work closely with them to ensure that your office’s cafe area is full of the food options your employees want most.

Your workplace is likely filled with dedicated employees, so why not reward their efforts with the best break area in the business. Thanks to the vending management professionals at National Vending, doing so is easier than ever. Whether you run an upstart with a handful of employees or are responsible for handling a massive corporation, you can count on us to be on your side.

Looking to learn more about National Vending? Visit us today at and allow us to provide vending service to your establishment like never before!

The Benefits of Vending Management

National VendingEven if you’re familiar with National Vending, you might be wondering: Just why would I need a vending management company to help me run my vending business? From the outside, the industry might seem as simple as buying a few machines and letting the profits roll in. However, the vending business is huge and multifaceted, and our company can help you perform any task with total efficiency and ease. Wondering what the benefits of vending management are? Here are just a few:

A Single Point of Contact: Instead of dealing with a variety of service companies, working with National Vending grants you a one-stop source for everything from reports to product restock.

Personalized Care: While some vending services only offer a single solution for business owners, we take the time to get to know your business. Whether your machines fill a fitness center or a corporate office, we’ll make sure you are stocked with the appropriate products.

The Best Tech in the Business: The vending machine industry is moving faster than ever, and National Vending is here to help you keep up. When working with us, you can be sure that you’ll be directed to the most innovative and efficient vending machine technology on the market!


Welcome to the National Vending Blog!

National VendingThanks for joining us! The official National Vending blog is here to keep you updated on all things vending management, from new machine parts to the latest trends happening in the business.

Wondering what National Vending is all about? Consider us the pipeline that helps all of the vending services involved in the industry co-exist conveniently. Whether you need to place a bulk order of vending machines to be installed across all of your corporate offices or you need a fresh restock of drinks and snacks for your vending device, we are the conduit that will help all of your necessary operations run smoothly.

Looking to stay ahead in the vast vending network? Follow our blog to learn how to use our vending services to their absolute potential. The vending industry is growing faster than ever these days, and our wide suite of services will keep you from getting overwhelmed by all of the options at your disposal. We’re here to keep you updated on any exciting developments coming out of the world of automatic dispensing, while informing you on the various services that National Vending is ready to provide for you and your business. If you want to run your vending business with maximum efficiency, we’re here to make it possible!