Food In The Workplace

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If you have a conventional desk-job, it’s easy to follow suboptimal eating habits on the job. Running late in the morning? Grab a coffee (or two). Want a boost at mid-day? Grab a Coke from the vending machine. Left-over lunch from the board meeting? Yummy and I’m not even hungry! Is it a Friday? There’s fresh Krispy-Kreme calling your name in the kitchen!

Then there’s possibly the biggest offender of them all: lunch-time. At many offices, it’s routine and even expected to go out and eat together with your colleagues. While building colleague camaraderie is essential, it’s important to be mindful of the health impact of eating frequently at restaurants.

Please note: all items at all restaurants aren’t bad for your health. The point here is that some items at some restaurants are, and eating those items on a regular basis can impact your long-term health in a major way. Here are some items you can watch to minimize that impact:

  • Drinks. It’s very tempting, even customary, to order soda at a restaurant. Just remember this: there are approximately 27 grams of sugar in an 8-ounce glass of Coke. That’s roughly the same as 7 sugar cubes. Go easy on the soda.
  • Salad dressing and condiments. The benefits of salad are largely negated with bad dressing. Many restaurants will add cream to their dressings to increase flavor. Request dressing on the side to avoid an overload. The same goes for condiments: some french restaurants will serve their frites with pure mayonnaise instead of ketchup–attractive to the tongue, but not attractive to the body. Be mindful and exercise restraint.
  • Salt. This one is difficult to avoid altogether if you’re eating at a restaurant. The ingredients of many restaurants have increased levels of salt so they stay fresh longer. The only thing you can do in this case is eat the freshest food available.

Many restaurants are embracing consumers’ (and foodies') desires to eat healthier by sourcing fresher, healthier, and local ingredients (Foodem is a big part of this shift–that’s why it’s the only online B2B food marketplace connecting wholesale food buyers with wholesale food sellers). If you’re a restaurant owner who has sourced local food and still see a drop in customers, check out this post.

As a health-conscious consumer, however, it’s important to be aware of the hidden, avoidable downsides to frequently eating at restaurants. Health in the workplace is a topic that’s been getting increased attention–so speak up!

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