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This Banana Vending Machine Proves That Not Everything in Australia is Trying to Kill You

Where: Australia
April 15, 2014 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

Who says vending machine food needs to be full of salt, high in fat or generally unhealthy? Definitely not the brains behind this little gem we found while walking through a shopping center in Brisbane. Forget the Chex Mix or even granola bars, as this machine went straight for the super-healthy stuff with bananas.

This little bit of genius, called the Banana Bar, offers up small bunches of the sweet tropical fruit for just a few dollars. A bunch of three go for $3, and a bunch for sharing scores a little discount at $4 for five bananas. That's already cheaper and more convenient than the basket of single bananas Starbucks keeps next to their registers, for impulse healthy breakfast buys. And if you're not too familiar with how these prices compare to a grocery store, the mark-up isn't terrible at just about $.50 per piece; it's all about convenience and eating-on-the-run.

If your tummy needs something a bit more substantial, the machine also vends toasted muesli, coconut water, and Thank You water. That specialty water funds the infrastructure to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene in developing countries, so not only can you do your body good, you can also have a clear conscious while quenching your thirst.

This may actually be the only thing trying not to kill you in Australia, as the continent is infamous for its dangerous flora and fauna. Just check those bunches of bananas for exotic spiders, mkay?

[Photos: Jaunted, drawing: unknown]

Archived Comments:

Maybe one is ok . . .

Better than a couple candy bars or even a cliff bar, but you don't want to eat more than one ripe banana if you are fitness-minded. Bananas have a high glycemic index, so they are broken down into glucose really quickly, which causes a spike in insulin much more quickly than fruits with low glycemic indexes. The spike in insulin is associated with fat storage.