Angela Amico, who is a policy associate at the Center for Science in the Public Interest and has no contribution in the study, said, "Unfortunately, the diets of Americans, in general, is not really consistent with the recommendations from the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans".
The new study used data from the US Department of Agriculture Food Acquisition and Purchasing Survey, a national household study, NBC reported. Whether it's your co-workers bringing in bagels on Fridays, donuts for someone's birthday, or just a vending machine craving in the afternoon - food is somehow inescapable at the office.
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The food tended to be high in empty calories, those from solid fats and added sugars.
Researchers are now conducting a similar study focused more deeply on foods purchased at vending machines or cafeterias. These items may have been purchased from vending machines and cafeterias or were provided for free in common areas, meetings, work events, etc.
The study found that of the average 1,300 calories obtained weekly in workplace food, more than 70% came from free food. They also believe foods in cafeterias or vending machines should follow proper food service guidelines.
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How much are they getting?
Onufrak said, "We have salad, French fries, and pizza ... among that list, there weren't a lot of nutrient-dense foods".
The latest research, presented at an American Society for Nutrition meeting in Boston, said workplace foods are fuelling unhealthy eating.
That all adds up - nearly a quarter of the study participants consumed nearly 1,300 calories per week.
According to the researchers, employers could help their employees eat better at work by using worksite wellness programs to promote healthy options that are also appealing.
More than 20 percent of Americans get food from work at least once a week and much of it, by any stretch of gooey oozy pizza cheese, is not healthy for us, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found.
"Worksite wellness programs have the potential to reach millions of working Americans and have been shown to be effective at changing health behaviors among employees, reducing employee absenteeism and reducing health care costs", said Onufrak.