Almost half of UK adults snack in secret whilst at work, IronmongeryDirect research shows


Almost half of UK adults snack in secret whilst at work, according to new research.

Forty seven per cent of Britons keep their workplace eating habits from their partners, revealed the survey of 2,014 UK adults by IronmongeryDirect, while a fifth (21%) lie to their partner about their snack and meal choices while at work.

A bacon sandwich topped the list of the UK’s favourite elevenses treats, with 49% of respondents agreeing it was their workplace snack of choice.

Biscuits (44%) were the second most popular workplace snack, followed by crisps (36%), sweets (34%), and pastries (21%).

The research into office eating habits comes following recent comments by the Faculty of Dental Surgery who criticised “workplace cake culture”, blaming it for contributions to health problems.

Thirty four per cent admitted to taking in a healthy snack but eating an indulgent treat instead.

Despite feeling guilty, 67% said they snack to boost their energy levels for their jobs.

Wayne Lysaght-Mason, managing director of IronmongeryDirect said: “The workplace can be a minefield of food temptations and despite best intentions, indulgent treats can replace healthy ones. Our sweet and savoury snacks then become secret and not shared with our partners. However, we want to champion our best loved snack and find the best place in the UK to get a bacon butty.”

IronmongeryDirect has launched a nationwide search alongside the research to find Britian’s Best Bacon Butty, with submissions entered via the company’s social media channels.

The worst workplace culprits for secret snacking were tradespeople, with 41% confessing to keeping their workplace snacking habits hush.

Lysaght-Mason continues; “Those with demanding jobs are more likely to snack or eat on the go to keep their energy levels high for the physically demanding tasks.”

Information and communication workers (36%) were second in the secret snacking stakes, followed by those in professional services (31%), including law and accountancy workers.

Seventy four per cent of workers confessed to indulging in a snack at least once a week, while 35% do so daily.