Loma Linda University Health Installs Health(ier) Vending Machines

Loma Linda University Health has begun stocking their campus vending machines with healthier options in an ongoing effort to promote holistic health and wellness.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://spectrummagazine.org/article/2015/03/23/loma-linda-university-health-installs-healthier-vending-machines

Someone needs to explain to me how “kettle cooked” is not frying or possibly a healthier frying. Wouldn’t any vat of oil qualify as a kettle? Please let me know that I can munch chips without the guilt.

someone told me not long ago that acrylamide levels in kettle-cooked chips are lower than regular fried chips, or even tortilla chips…acrylamide forms when starch in potatoes is subjected to high temperatures, and is a known carcinogen…

here’s a link that seems to confirm low acrylamide levels in kettle-cooked chips:


here’s a link confirming the link between acrylamide and cancer:


this is all kind of too bad, as chips are my favorite snack…


Of course, it is organic sugar so it is healthy.


I appreciate the info, Jeremy. While I want to avoid known carcinogens, I think that foods fried at any temperature have other health consequences as well.


i’m probably in big trouble then, because i tend to fry most of my food since i don’t have endless time to cook…for instance, today for lunch i fried up tofu noodles, ives veggieburger, organic chanterelles, organic asparagus and organic tomatoes, with organic quinoa on the side, in mixed organic olive/canola oil and paul newman’s alfredo sauce, to which i added a little grated parmesan…of course i also had raw watermelon, fresh organic blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, plus unsalted organic almonds, cashews, brazil nuts and organic unsweetened soymilk…hopefully there’s enough antioxidants to cancel the effects of frying, but i’m not worrying about it…we have to enjoy our food and our life - we can only do our best…

For my 90th birthday, I had chocolate cake and coffee with real half and half. I hope to try it again next year. If not I think The Lord will say–That was a very wonderful family get together Tom. I enjoyed your family as much as you did. I love to see the Golden Rule in action. Tom Z


The news today had a picture of a lady, 104, who contributed her long life to having a Dr. Pepper every day!


One hundred sixty surveys [160]. This seems like a VERY SMALL number based on the number of people on campus and the number of people affected by the vending machine changes.
How are the prices before and after? This will affect product use.

By the way, no one has commented on HOW the Non-Vegetarian fast food place [was it McDonalds?] is doing. Can anyone give us an update?

Carolyn — Organic RAW sugar. This is on most healthy-organic shelves in large chain groceries.
When I was in academy, and it was time to cut the sorghum cane and make sorghum molasses, chewing on the raw cane was fun while enjoying the “natural” sweetness.
The sorghum on morning pancakes in the winter was much better. LOL.

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Sugar is sugar, regardless the form. Even honey is a more concentrated sweet.
When I was in academy in TN we used to watch sorghm cane made into molasses.


As @ageis7 suggested, the physiological effects of “raw” or Brown or white sugar is the same. The difference is that raw or brown sugar contains more molasses. The flavor profile is different but the base is sucrose, a disaccharide of Glucose and Galactose.

The source of sweetness in Honey is monosaccharaides glucose and fructose, it tastes sweeter so less of it can be used. Honey also brings lots of flavor to the party :smile:

I grew up chewing on fresh sugar cane; delicious!

Recent studies have shown that artificial sweeteners may be more detrimental that the natural sugars. They create a false sense but have more injurious problems on the body.


Yes, I am hearing the same thing. The body gets the trigger of sweetness but not the satisfaction. Then the craving is for that satisfaction snacks high in calories are often chosen to satisfy that craving.

The caveat is that replacing a diet soda with one sweetened with sugar can lead to a blood sugar spike that the insulin reaction can’t keep up with. This leads to the production of Lipoprotein Lipase which works to convert the excess sugar to fat. This is the issue of very large sugar intake at one time. If the same amount of sugar is consumed over time, then this effect is eliminated.

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actually, carolyn, my recollection of organic chemistry and biochemistry is that sucrose is a disaccharide of glucose and fructose…i believe it’s lactose that’s a disaccharide of glucose and galactose…

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You are correct. I had lactose on the brain. :blush:

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Although the concept is good…I find it immensely interesting that LL had been trying for years to go to contract services for it’s food services and for a long time there was a huge push for coffee and meat in the cafeteria too. Adventists don’t really practice true healthy eating practices in general and every generation has less and less vegetarians.

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Sounds more “healthy” for advertising purposes…whatever they fry the potatoes in- there is still oil…lol


Fructose can be detrimental also. Fruit juices have high levels of fructose which can only be processed by the liver. This is becoming a problem in the West and is contributing to the same type of liver disease as over consumption of alcohol.

Quit fruit juice. A glass of orange juice can have the equivalent of 12 oranges in it.

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How would quitting fruit juice also not be eliminating orange juice? Oranges aren’t fruit?

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I did hear about the processing of fructose in the liver and the connection with fatty liver disease, metabolic disorder and increase in triglycerides… Again, the issue is large intakes. Having a glass or orange now and then is probably not going to be detrimental. Fresh fruit and fruit juices contain vitamins, minerals and fiber. Fresh fruit has more moderate amounts of fructose so it is the better choice.

The issue that causes alarm is that people are consuming large quantities of sucrose containing drinks and large quantities of fruit juices because they are convenient and widely available. As far as I can tell, it is the quantity that is the big issue.