The Good and Bad of Free Food in the Office

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Read on for the good and the bad of free work food.

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Around 60 percent of employees say that they would feel more appreciated at work if the office had more food, according to a survey by Seamless.com.

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Facebook has its own cafeteria. NPR reported that in 2010 Facebook served more than 1,300 free lunches a day, which is more meals than some restaurants serve in a week.

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According to Carol Harnett, an employee-benefits consultant based in Hartford, Connecticut, many employees now worry about gaining weight in an environment filled with temptation. Harnett told the New York Post, “When you talk to employees, they will tell you most of them have gained weight. It’s almost like the Freshman 15 — it’s there, so you eat it.”

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It's easy to give into temptation even when bringing lunch from home. A recent study found that people are likely to eat what their peers are consuming.

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The office can be a haven for snacking. “Stress, fatigue and even an unfulfilling job trigger people to eat. Office eaters typically find themselves eating for non-hunger reasons," says nutritionist Laura Cipullo.

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Cipullo recommends stepping outside and taking a break before grabbing a handful of a tempting snack.

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Asking for healthier options is a good idea for both companies and employees. Cipullo says that more nutritious snacks would actually help to increase productivity.

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Google has recently improved their food options to maximize health. The company encourages people to choose wisely in the cafeteria. The healthiest foods are easiest to spot, the plates are smaller and foods are color coded to highlight the nutritional value of the food.

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Want to start eating healthier at the office? Read on for the healthiest snacks to bring to work.

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Almonds

Eating a handful of almonds is a great way to keep hunger at bay. There have been numerous studies suggesting that almonds could promote health and weight loss.

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Apples

Apple are crunchy, sweet and tasty. While your coworkers are munching away on snacks from the vending machine, you'll be chowing down on a delicious variety of nutrients and vitamins.

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Carrots

Since the crunch of a potato chip can be so alluring, try carrots to satisfy the craving. Carrots are a whole lot healthier than any potato chip.

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Popcorn

When popped the right way, popcorn can provide a nutritious and tasty snack. Try using a hot air popper for a healthy version.

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Bananas

Bananas are a great choice for a quick pick-me-up, especially if you're hungry before heading to the gym. Since they're a sweet fruit, bananas can help to fulfill a sweet craving.

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Hummus

Even though its higher in calories, hummus is a filling and nutritious snack. Dip carrots into the classic Mediterranean dip and you'll have a fiber-filled and healthy snack.

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Oranges

When someone starts coughing in the office, oranges provide a large amount of vitamin C — and a nutritious snack.

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Walnuts

Walnuts are filled with omega-3 fats, which help your brain function. If you're in need of a snack to keep you going, walnuts are it!

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Green Tea

Sometimes when you feel a little hungry you might be thirsty. Green tea has been found to have powerful anti-cancer properties, so drink up!

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Ants on a Log

This kid-friendly treat is actually a pretty decent snack. Protein, a vegetable and sweetness from the raisins make ants on a log filling and delicious.

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Free food at work is often a delightful surprise.

For many, there's nothing better than an office birthday involving cake, cupcakes or doughnuts. And as it turns out, free food is on the rise in many offices, especially at start-ups. While some see free snacks at work as a great way to show appreciation, not everyone is happy about the free grub.

Check out the slideshow above to learn why free food at the office is a new subject of great debate.

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