The next time Linda from sales bakes a tin of brownies for the whole, swat them from her hands and run in the opposite direction. It’s nothing personal; you’re just trying to save yourself (and the office) some unnecessary calories.
The CDC presented new findings Monday that calculated American workers get on average 1,300 calories a week exclusively from food obtained at work. (About a quarter of Americans get food at least once a week from work.) It found that free food made up for 71 percent of those calories, rounded out by food and beverages purchased at vending machines and the cafeteria.
In other words, employees are unnecessarily eating foods full of solid fats, empty carbs, and added sugars while they wile away the hours until quittin’ time. The most common snacky foods were pizza, soda, cookies and brownies, cakes and pies, and candy, NBC reports. And most of it they’re getting for free, making it extremely hard to stop temptation.
The CDC’s solution? “Since we found that a lot of the foods obtained by employees were free, employers may also want to consider healthy meeting policies to encourage healthy food options at meetings and social events,” study leader and CDC epidemiologist Stephen Onufrak said.
Or, bring your own damn snacks. Some healthy work snack options include:
1. Raw nuts, like almonds or peanuts—when you’re really hungry
2. Low-sodium jerky—for a protein boost
3. Fruit, like apple slices—which go great with nut butter
4. Sparkling water—for when the soda craving hits
5. Low-sodium popcorn—when you’re really just trying to keep your hands busy
6. Whole grain crackers and part-skim cheese—when you’re feeling indulgent
Note: The CDC’s calculations did not seem to include alcoholic liquids. If you’re in an office that keeps the beer chilled and the bourbon poured once 5 o’clock rolls around, well, best of luck.
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