Most people know that the cupcakes available in office kitchen are not good for them, but now a new study has revealed the amount of junk food the people in American are eating at workplace, and believe it or not, it’s a lot than you might have imagined.
The researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have discovered that over 20 percent of the Americans get food at their workplace. And how much calories are they exactly consuming? Well, it’s around 1300 calories in a week.
Stephen Onufrak, epidemiologist at the CDC and lead author of the study said that this is the first national study to be conducted in order to look at the food people get at the workplace. The study was presented at an American Society for Nutrition meeting held on Monday.
As most of the food the employees received at work was free, the employers may now have to consider encouraging healthy food options at social events and meetings, said Onufrak.
The data for the study was collected from a national survey in order to determine who was getting healthy food in the office and just how much were the people consuming.
In the study, the team found that 71 percent of calories were found among people who received free good at work. And when the people were questioned about what they were served for free, the items they mentioned were high usually in empty sodium, calories as well as refined grains. The food rarely included foot items such as fruit or whole grain.
The usual suspect the researchers observed in the study were soft drinks, pizzas, brownies/cookies, candy, pies and cakes.
Hence, the researchers advice the employers to ensure that the employees get healthy food at work. They can install vending machines which come with healthier options and ensure the employees are offered with healthier choices at the workplace cafeterias.