Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Eat Smelly Food At Work

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By Cooking Panda

Everybody has experienced it before: that feeling of walking into a space that smells neutral, only for your environment to slowly turn on you — to turn into a bastion of pungent and overwhelming smells, that is.

According to a new study done by the interior landscaping firm Ambius, smelly food in the workplace is so distracting that it actually hinders people’s ability to work productively. While we’re not quite sure why an interior landscaping firm decided to conduct this study, we’re pretty convinced: both good smells and bad smells have the ability to take our mind off even the most engaging of tasks.

The study suggests that about two-thirds of people eat food at their workplace desks most days of the week, and out of 1,000 office workers polled, two out of five cited being too busy with work to take a lunch break.

Unfortunately, over half of those colleagues also think that their coworkers who choose to dine on more aromatic foods — egg sandwiches, fishy products, etc. — were actually exhibiting antisocial behavior!

“Some people may not realize how much of an effect their lunch choices could have on co-workers who sit near them,” Gareth Cowmeadow, a worker at Ambius, told the Daily Mail.

Among the least offensive foods in the workplace were buttered toast, fresh pastries (which makes sense; who doesn’t absolutely love the smell of fresh-baked bread in the morning … or the afternoon … or as a midnight snack?) and bacon sandwiches. Bacon mania is real, folks.

Additionally, eating food at your desk means you run the risk of more health issues than those people who decide to get up and exercise a little to get their lunch.

“Al desko diners run the risk of increasing their food intake later in the day which can lead to weight gain and obesity,” Jane Ogden, a professor and researcher at Surrey University, told the Daily Mail.

“Making time for lunch and sitting down at the table is actually good for our waistline. When you’re at a table, away from your desk and distractions, you actually think, ‘this is food, this is a meal,’ and you remember it and you count it.

“Importantly, this also means you’re much less likely to snack later on. Your brain calls it food, calls it a meal, and, therefore, you feel fuller.”

Source: Daily Mail / Photo Credit: Mr. Hyde/Instagram

Tags: al desko, antisocial, Lunch Break, office lunch, smelly food
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Most People Think Beer With Lunch Is Bad

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By Cooking Panda

How do you feel about the idea of having a beer while on your lunch break?

You may not be surprised that Metro reports that in a survey by YouGov, 74 percent of people said that it’s unacceptable. The study asked a couple of questions. One was whether it was okay to have a beer on your lunch break without a meal (rough day?), to which 74 percent of responders said absolutely not.

The next question was, well, what if you are having a meal with your beer? To this, 60 percent of responders said it’s still not acceptable, and 32 percent said it’s okay. Out of these responders, four in 10 men said it was okay, while two-thirds of women said it’s not. So, I guess if you have a male boss, you have a 40 percent chance of getting away with it.

Here are the graphs to better illustrate the results:

The study also found that age played an important role in this decision. Those ages 18 to 24 are more likely to say yes to having a drink at lunchtime, while those over 65 are the most offended by this behavior. So, there again, if your boss is a male and a millennial, you probably have an even better chance of scoring a beer at lunchtime.

Personally, I don’t see the big deal (maybe because I belong in the millennial age category?). One beer, or even two, alongside a meal for the sake of enjoyment should be okay. As long as it’s not enough to get your head all fuzzy, which I agree would be entirely unacceptable if you have to go back into work and finish out the day. Save the craziness for happy hour.

If you’re just enjoying lunchtime and you’re at a nice place, maybe your meal is better enjoyed with a complementary brew. Would it be so bad to enjoy the two together? Just don’t stumble back into work looking confused. Or, if your boss is a woman or over 65, enjoy a nice iced tea instead. 

Source: Metro UK / Photo Credit: Metro UK

Tags: alcohol, Beer, lunch, Lunch Break, Lunchtime
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