McDonald’s has found itself in trouble this year due to countless causes, ranging from low wages to questionable food quality to controversy surrounding its employee help service. Today, it looks like the employee help system is again in the spotlight, this time for suggesting that employees not eat fast food. An excerpt taken from McDonald’s employee help web site states the following:
"Fast foods are quick, reasonably priced, and readily available alternatives to home cooking. While convenient and economical for a busy lifestyle, fast foods are typically high in calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, and salt and may put people at risk for becoming overweight." The post even includes a picture of a hamburger and fries.
In other posts, a meal consisting of a cheeseburger and fries is labeled as an “unhealthy choice.” Reading a little further, the site advises against fast food overall, saying: "In general, people with high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease must be very careful about choosing fast food because of its high fat, salt, and sugar levels."
Why would a company that specializes in fast food make recommendations against consumption of its own products? An official statement from McDonald’s seems to indicate that the words of advice don’t necessarily mean what they say. "Portions of this website continue to be taken entirely out of context," McDonald's says. "This website provides useful information from respected third-parties about many topics, among them health and wellness. It also includes information from experts about healthy eating and making balanced choices. McDonald's agrees with this advice."
Budget- minded parents often resort to a meal at McDonald’s out of convenience. The fast- service restaurant is one of the best choices when food is needed as quickly as possible and kids love the theme, play areas, and other kid- friendly amenities. But as McDonald’s own McResource web service admits, the food is far from healthy and should be avoided or strictly limited in one’s diet.
McDonald’s has since shut down the web site until further notice. The fast food giant claims the site is down for “maintenance purposes” and will reopen shortly.
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