7 Tips for Healthy Lunches While You Work
Having lunch at your desk -- again? Here's how to enjoy healthy lunches even if you can’t leave the office.
Drawbacks of Desk Dining: Unhealthy Lunches and Weight Gain continued...
"If you get called away from your desk, and then you have to put off
eating for an hour or two, and then you pick at your lunch over the day, you
need to be concerned about the temperature of your food and food safety,"
In other words, your room-temperature chicken salad sandwich that's been
sitting out for three hours can easily become a bacteria feeding ground. But
wait, it gets worse. (You might want to put that sandwich down now.)
"The desk, in terms of bacteria, is 400 times more dirty than your
toilet," says Charles Gerba, PhD, a professor of environmental microbiology
at the University of Arizona in Tucson. "People turn their desks into
bacteria cafeterias because they eat at them, but they never clean them. The
phone is the dirtiest, the desktop is next, and the mouse and the computer
To give your desktop the dirt test, Gerba says, "Turn your keyboard over
and see how many crumbs fall out. The more of a snowstorm, the dirtier your