Cakes and other treats such as doughnuts and cookies brought into the workplace to celebrate colleagues’ birthdays, other celebrations or even just for ‘TGI Friday’, are causing health problems, according to a senior dentist.
Prof Nigel Hunt, from the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons, warned in a speech at his organisation’s annual dinner that ‘cake culture’ is leading to dental and obesity problems.
He argued that collegues should instead be rewarded with platters of fruit, cheese or nuts – foods which contain nutrients such as fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals that are essential to a well balanced diet.
The temptation of sugary, fatty treats which appear spontaneously at colleagues’ desks are temptation for workers, who may not ‘count’ the calories that these additional snacks add to their normal daily diet. Consuming sugary snacks outside of meal times also increases the risk of tooth decay as they give bacteria fuel to produce acids that decay teeth. Around 65,000 adults every year need hospital treatment for tooth decay.
Prof Hunt said in his speech:
"Managers want to reward staff for their efforts, colleagues want to celebrate special occasions, and workers want to bring back a gift from their holidays.
"But for many people the workplace is now the primary site of their sugar intake and is contributing to the current obesity epidemic and poor oral health."
As a business caterer, Jasper’s has long been aware of the risks to employees’ health that typical or celebratory office snacks present. That’s why we offer two innovative services that enable managers and directors to reward and motivate their staff, while giving vital health and well-being benefits.
Our office fresh fruit boxes can be delivered to the workplace daily or weekly, making pieces of whole fresh fruit instantly accessible to staff. It is the easy way to five a day! Of course we also offer fresh fruit platters as part of our buffet lunch menus.
Our Snack Shack really is the answer to abolishing unhealthy snacking from the workplace forever! It puts a vast range of healthy snacks at employees’ fingertips: olives, nuts, seeds, Graze boxes, popcorn, natural energy drinks...and they pay for them simply with an honesty box policy. The vending machine and office doughnuts will truly be a thing of the past! It’s so easy to transform the snacking culture of your workplace with Snack Shack.
To transform the health of your workplace and banish ‘cake culture’ just contact your local Jasper’s who will be happy to provide more info and prices.