Here's Why It's Time to Ban Those Awkward Office Cake Parties, Experts Say

On the plus side: You won't have to stand around fake-smiling while everyone sings out of tune.

Oh, those office parties, where every other week you cram into someone’s office for an off-key round of happy birthday, or goodbye-good-luck wishes, or congrats on your retirement to someone you barely know. Aside from being a tedious time suck, these endless office cakes aren't doing our physique any favors.

And that's not even counting the bagels at morning meetings, or coworkers bringing in candies and pastries and their kids' Girl Scout cookie order forms. Those social office treats have serious consequences, say nutritionists and the faculty of dental surgery (FDS) at the Royal College of Surgeons in England, which recently urged offices to swap out the sugary stuff for fruits and nuts in order to curtail skyrocketing obesity and oral health issues.

“We need a culture change in offices and other workplaces that encourages healthy eating and helps workers avoid caving in to sweet temptations such as cakes, sweets...,” the dean of the faculty, Prof Nigel Hunt, told The Guardian.

As Alix Turoff, MS, RD of Top Balance Nutrition in New York City, tells The Feast: “From a weight management perspective, many of my clients report that they can avoid sugar pretty well until they come in direct contact with it. Think about out of sight out of mind. Having to walk past a bowl of M&M's every time you walk back to your desk is a lot of temptation to overcome.”

But hey, you know what they say about all work and no play: You can still snack at work, and join in those little parties and sugar-packed team-building events without rotting your teeth or blowing out your waist line, as Dr. Catrise Austin, author of GetSmiled! The Ultimate Guide To Improving Your Image With Your Greatest Asset—Your Smile!, tells The Feast. “In my office I create infused water (fresh fruit like strawberries, lemons, mint and ginger) as a tastier option to sugary drinks and even plain water. A fruit bowl, healthier breakfast bars, or almond snack-packs that I keep around are a great and tasty alternative.”

Ok, those snacks may not be quite as exciting as double-fudge cake, but wouldn't you rather save that dessert calorie-splurge for events that are actually fun, like dinner out or that surprise birthday party you're throwing this weekend?

(Via The Guardian)

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