(RNN) – The small snacks you take at work add up.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study this week that followed the eating habits of Americans in their jobs.
And just for example, they are not eating celery and carrots when they go to the rest room.
"Our results suggest that the foods that people get from work do not align well with the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans," Stephen Onufrak with the CDC said.
The study followed more than 5,000 employees across the country and the analysis showed that almost a quarter of them obtained food from work at least once a week.
Food tended to be high in empty calories and more than 70 percent of calories came from foods that were free (we are seeing cookies and brownies).
The average weekly calories totaled almost 1,300.
"Since we found that many of the foods obtained by employees were free, employers could also consider healthy meeting policies to encourage healthy food choices at meetings and social events," Onufrak said.
"We hope that the results of our research will help increase healthy food choices in the workplace in the United States."
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