“Don’t Eat Fast Food!” McDonald’s Tells Its Employees

Update 12/26: McDonald’s has announced it is taking down it’s employee resource site for good. Lisa McComb, spokeswoman for McDonald’s released this statement, “We have offered the McResource program to help our valued McDonald’s employees with work and life guidance created by independent third party experts. A combination of factors has led us to re-evaluate, and we’ve directed the vendor to take down the website. Between links to irrelevant or outdated information, along with outside groups taking elements out of context, this created unwanted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary. None of this helps our McDonald’s team members. We’ll continue to provide service to them through an internal telephone help line, which is how the majority of employees access the McResource services.”

A surprising new source is offering healthy eating advice: McDonald’s. The company recently launched a website with easy-to-follow, sensible dietary advice for its busy employee. But the suggestions made on the site may surprise you: In an effort to promote healthy eating McDonald’s actually casts many of its own foods in a less than positive light. As you can see here, in this image pulled directly from the employee site, the fast food retailer  has chosen some of its own food to represent an unhealthy meal:

mcdonalds eating advice

That’s right: McDonald’s, home of a 750 calorie cheeseburger, is offering its employees sage eating advice, recommending their employees, “eat at places that offer a variety of salads, soups and vegetables to help maintain your best health.” (In other words, not at McDonald’s.)While the fast food giant does offer salads many are loaded with fat and calories, including one that maxes out at 450 calories. These meals are healthier than a Big Mac, but not by much.

As you saw in the image above, the “choosing a healthy fast food meal” section of the employee resource site seemingly cautions readers against eating at McDonald’s altogether. Although there’s no big “M” on the packaging, the soda, burger and fries in the “unhealthy choice section are not unlike what you would commonly see at McDonald’s. However, McDonald’s isn’t asking employees to completely stop eating at its restaurants. Instead, the site offered a few suggestions for making meals healthier. If an employee chooses to eat at McDonald’s, the site states the following: “A single, plain meat patty without the cheese and sauces is the best choice. Ask for extra lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Limit how many French fries you eat. Ketchup contains a lot of calories from sugar. Ask if you can substitute a salad for fries.”

Since the advice first appeared on the site, it has come under fire. The company appears to have quickly changed course, or at least attempted to limit who has access to the site:  The employee resource page now displays a message saying the site is under maintenance.

Image from mcdonalds.mynuturlife.com

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