From the pastries at morning meetings to birthday cake for a colleague, it is challenging to pass up those morning goodies offered at most workplaces across America. Although the pastries may seem small, these empty calories begin to add up overtime.
Taken from a study conducted from the Division of Nutrition of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 5,000 employees dietary habits were analyzed in the workplace. Researchers focused on the food or beverages purchased from vending machines and cafeterias at work.
The most common beverages were coffee and regular soft drinks. The most common foods were sandwiches, French fries, pizza, brownies, and cookies. This resulted in a quarter of the study participants consuming on average 1,300 calories per week from non-nutritious food.
Since employees spend more than half of their waking hours in the workplace, there is significant pressure to take unhealthy foods with empty calories.
Interested in building a better plate in the workplace? Here are a few tips to get started:
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
- Make half your grains whole grains.
- Vary your protein routine.
- Move to low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt.
- Drink and eat less sodium, saturated fat, or added sugars.
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