Dirty Truth About Eating At Your Desk

August 26, 2011 Updated Aug 26, 2011 at 3:35 PM EDT

By WKBW News

August 26, 2011 Updated Aug 26, 2011 at 3:35 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) 80-percent of us eat lunch or snack at our desk at work, but what you may not know is our desks can carry 400 times more dangerous bacteria than the average public toilet seat.

Researchers with the American Dietetic Association surveyed more than 21-hundred full-time office workers.

They found a lot of people eat at their desks these days because they want to save time and money.

Results show 27 percent of them ate breakfast at their desks, 62 percent lunch and 50 percent snacks, but only half admitted to washing their hands before they ate.

Experts say if you dine at your desk, not only wash your hands, but be sure to wipe the area down before eating up because bacteria can be transferred from your desk, to your hands, and then to your food.

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