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Chicago, What’s in Your Vending Machine?

Chicago, What’s in Your Vending Machine?

Have you ever bought jeans or a pair of socks from a vending machine? If you haven’t, you may soon have the opportunity to purchase them. UNIQLO USA, a Japanese clothing company, recently announced plans to install 10 new, innovative vending machines in shopping malls and airports around the United States that sell its clothing line. Buying clothing from a vending machine might sound a bit crazy, but this isn’t the first time that something unique has been sold from…

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Coffee’s Reputation in Chicago Keeps Improving

Coffee’s Reputation in Chicago Keeps Improving

Have you heard the one about coffee stunting your growth? Or maybe the one that says coffee causes heart disease, cancer, or rabies? If you have, it’s important to know that none of them are true. Scientists, instead, have found that coffee can have quite a few benefits. Not only does it provide an energy boost, but it can decrease pain sensitivity in those with chronic pain. Different studies have shown that it also decreases the likelihood of developing type…

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Favorite Snack Choices in Chicago

Favorite Snack Choices in Chicago

Did you know that population size, word choice, and snack preferences vary greatly depending on where you live in the United States (U.S.)? For example, in 2016 the U.S. Census Bureau found that New York City had about the same population—approximately 8.6 million people— as the five most populous cities in the West combined (Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco). Names of different foods and beverages also change depending on where you are. If you use the…

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A New Coffee Service Benefit for Chicago Employees

A New Coffee Service Benefit for Chicago Employees

Enjoying coffee and tea from the office coffee service may provide Chicago employees with additional health benefits. Scientists from Boston Children’s Hospital recently found that consuming caffeine may help decrease pain sensitivity in those with chronic pain. The consumed caffeine caused dopamine, a carrier of messages between nerve cells in the brain, to flood the brain’s pleasure center resulting in decreased pain sensitivity, a huge benefit for chronic pain suffers. Healthy levels of dopamine help regulate emotions, cognition, food intake,…

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Technology and the Chicago Vending Machine Experience

Technology and the Chicago Vending Machine Experience

Get ready to meet the new vending machine. In the not so distant future, vending machines will communicate with consumers through an application (app) on their smartphone that includes artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The app will learn the Chicago customer’s preferences in order to improve and personalize the experience. Customers will also be notified via the app about future promotions and new ways to use the app such as placing a single order for multiple beverages. Wireless Technology While this…

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Chicago Employees Enjoy Caffeine’s Benefits

Chicago Employees Enjoy Caffeine’s Benefits

Maintaining recommended fitness levels is a challenge for many individuals, but there is new research that might make it just a bit easier to accomplish. Recent research from the University of São Paulo in Brazil found a link between caffeine consumption and more effective workouts. In the study, the participants’ cycling speed was recorded after the cyclist burned 450 calories. The first time after taking a caffeine pill, the second time after taking a placebo, and the third time after…

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Chicago, Are You Eating Enough Fruits and Vegetables?

Chicago, Are You Eating Enough Fruits and Vegetables?

It’s no surprise that Chicago consumers are not eating enough fruits and vegetables during a day to get the optimum amount of health benefits. Scientists from Imperial College London found that to get the best health benefits, individuals need to consume 10 servings of fruit and vegetables per day. That is a lot more than the minimum number of five servings per day that the USDA recommends. To understand which fruits and vegetables to add to your daily diet, it…

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Tea Varieties in Chicago

Tea Varieties in Chicago

Tea, one of the world’s most popular beverages, has recently undergone a makeover that has changed what scientists understand about tea. Chinese researchers determined the genetic makeup of tea tree leaves or the leaves of an evergreen shrub known as Camellia sinensis. The new information has impacted how scientists determine if other species of the Camellia family are suitable to be processed into tea. Previously, research suggested that tea’s flavor came equally from caffeine, theanine (an amino acid), and catechin…

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A Different Kind of Benefit in Chicago

A Different Kind of Benefit in Chicago

The division between a Chicago employee’s work life and the rest of their life has recently undergone a dramatic transformation. MetLife’s 15th Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study found that the new gig economy and accompanying demographic changes have altered the workplace in such a way that employees have redefined workplace expectations. In fact, more than half (51%) of the employees surveyed said they were more interested in contract or freelance work than the traditional full-time salaried position. But what…

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The New Meal in Chicago

The New Meal in Chicago

By previous standards, it wouldn’t be considered a meal. It isn’t always consumed at traditional meal times or eaten at a table. But according to those between the ages of 18 and 35 (Millennials), it contributes to their daily nutritional needs and functions as a meal. What is it? It is a wholesome snack. Millennials are eating a lot of snacks. 92 percent of individuals recently surveyed by Surveygoo said they replace a meal with a snack at least once…

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