Should we get free biscuits?

  • 21 August 2019
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We've got biscuit wars at Pure Planet towers.:eek:

Ever since we moved into our new office, there's been a daily supply of free biscuits for the team, as well as porridge, bread (for toast) and a selection of fruit.

It's now been suggested that the biscuits aren't a good idea. (I guess because they're very unhealthy being that they're full of sugar and fat). There's a big selection too - we're talking Jammie Dodgers, McVities with chocolate, fig rolls, choc bourbons, ginger nuts, and so on.

So there are calls for a biscuit ban. Which has upset a couple of guys who like a biscuit with their tea.

What do you think? If employers choose to provide food for the team, should they only supply healthy options?

Should office workers get free biscuits?


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I'm really torn by this one, I used to love biscuits of any type, BUT, having recently been told I have diabetes, I would now go for the fruit/healthy options. I suppose anybody that needs a biscuit with their brew is always welcome to bring their own
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Who suggested it? Let's have names...

Is the bread healthy enough? I hope it's sufficiently high in fibre and not over refined standard white bread.

Some people may want milk on their porridge, is that to be banned for the vegetarians/vegans (I'm sure there will be some)

The answer is choice moderation and education. Those who think biscuits are unhealthy are not forced to have them, and those who do have them should I suppose be moderate in their consumption and aware of the fact that they aren't the healthiest option.

I recently worked somewhere which had eat healthy signs (sic) dotted about the place and jars of sweets in almost every room (bought from the budget)

The answer, nanny state issues aside, is to have some visible literature encouraging all the staff to eat healthily, and not look a gift horse in the mouth (a mouth which might be showing signs of tooth decay).
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Hi @Marc,

Sounds tricky! My opinion is that no one is being forced to eat the unhealthy biscuits or the healthy fruit, it's personal choice 🤗🤔

Look at the sugar content of an orange - 19grams, compared to only 7 grams in a digestive biscuit.

I hope you manage to retain all the options and keep everyone happy 😉
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Everyone can bring in whatever food they want of course, but when it’s brought in for everybody to eat, it kinda represents the organisation. So in my workplace, which is NHS, years ago it was always biscuits sitting on top of filing cabinets and meeting rooms for all to consume, but any time visitors (ie consultants, GPs, nurses etc) came for meetings, it became a bit of a talking point, re the irony as we’re NHS, so now it’s more about fresh fruit & HERBAL teas.
woz;35979:
Who suggested it? Let's have names....

My lips are sealed.

The answer is choice moderation and education. Those who think biscuits are unhealthy are not forced to have them, and those who do have them should I suppose be moderate in their consumption and aware of the fact that they aren't the healthiest option.

Agree. We shouldn't blame the biscuit 100%
Humans need to take some responsibility here!
Bev;35986:
now it’s more about fresh fruit & HERBAL teas.

Black coffee for me please @Bev 😂
Duppy;35969:
I suppose anybody that needs a biscuit with their brew is always welcome to bring their own

I get the feeling this is going to be the outcome. So, not a ban as such. But not supplied by the company.
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Black coffee another step closer to veganism Marc so that’s a good choice 👍👏☕️. Spot on re no biscuit ban, just not endorsing high sugar foods by bringing them in as “supplied by PP” 👍
Scubaseahorse;35984:

Look at the sugar content of an orange - 19grams, compared to only 7 grams in a digestive biscuit.

Whoa! I did not know that @Scubaseahorse
That's it, ban the oranges!
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That's probably because the Jammy dodgers have stuck them together...:)
Marc;36019:
My lips are sealed.


Agree. We shouldn't blame the biscuit 100%
Humans need to take some responsibility here!
Has anyone tweeted Donald T. Rump..........I'm sure he'll be able to tell us where we are all going wrong....😎 🤐 🤡🤳👌
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The solution is simple.
Buy a selection box, and after a few days see what ones are left in the tin.
Those are the ones you should buy in the future.
Oakbank;36096:
The solution is simple.
Buy a selection box, and after a few days see what ones are left in the tin.
Those are the ones you should buy in the future.


Knowing us, they'd all be gone and we'd be left with a few crumbs..😂
Oh and the trusty jar of Bisto.

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Bisto 😕😕

Well, how about some of that Discworld's Dwarf Bread? It keeps well. In fact it's just as inedible fresh as it is stale.
Marc;36020:
Black coffee for me please @Bev 😂


Hey Marc..... I think you're in need of a Hugg ☕️
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It's a long story...A post was made from PP a while back showing a pic of their biscuit jar and a packet of Bisto was spotted in the photo, no one has yet admitted why it was there.
Oakbank;36102:
Bisto 😕😕

Well, how about some of that Discworld's Dwarf Bread? It keeps well. In fact it's just as inedible fresh as it is stale.
woz;36120:
It's a long story...A post was made from PP a while back showing a pic of their biscuit jar and a packet of Bisto was spotted in the photo, no one has yet admitted why it was there.

@Oakbank evidence here

No one's owned up to whose it is yet!😂
Can't imagine bisto would go too well with a custard cream but each to their own...
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​Aha! The plot thickens . . . like gravy.
Gray4276;36108:
Hey Marc..... I think you're in need of a Hugg ☕️

Thanks @Gray4276
I think you're right! 😉
Sometimes a biscuit is what you want, sometimes its porridge, fruit or toast. I think it is nice that you provide food but hopefully you are all adults (child labour laws being what they are) so can make your own decision as to what to put in your own mouth.

We have charity sweetie trays and free tea/coffee here. Nobody is forced to eat or drink it, but at 3pm in the rain sometimes all you want to get through that next meeting is coffee and a biscuit 🙂
Erika123;37055:
Sometimes a biscuit is what you want, sometimes its porridge, fruit or toast. I think it is nice that you provide food but hopefully you are all adults (child labour laws being what they are) so can make your own decision as to what to put in your own mouth.

We have charity sweetie trays and free tea/coffee here. Nobody is forced to eat or drink it, but at 3pm in the rain sometimes all you want to get through that next meeting is coffee and a biscuit :)


Sounds like you've got the right balance @Erika123 🆙

at 3pm in the rain sometimes all you want to get through that next meeting is coffee and a biscuit

Or at 8.30am on a Monday morning 😉

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