McDonald’s recently posted health tips on its website for employees, advising them that they should not consume fast food, even the kind they serve at the chain restaurants.
"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," reads one post on the site, which depicts a hamburger and fries, two items that the fast-food giant specializes in selling, according to CNBC.
Another post shows a cheeseburger and fries meal, labeling it as the “unhealthy choice,” while another approves of a submarine sandwich and salad as the “healthier choice.”
“It is hard to eat a healthy diet when you eat at fast-food restaurants often,” according to the post, which warns people who eat fast-food to watch how many burgers and fries they take in. “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.”
The tips about eating more healthy foods are the latest in a series of blunders involving the company’s website.
Last month, the company posted a guide for how much the chain’s minimum-wage workers should tip their au pairs and personal trainers. McDonald’s told CNBC the posts were content provided by a third-party and said it would “continue to review the resource and will ask the vendor to make changes as needed.”
A separate post provided tips on how employees could save money during the holidays by returning unopened Christmas presents for cash and spending no money for heat.
McDonald’s defended the posts in a statement issued Monday, saying: "Portions of this website continue to be taken entirely out of context. 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."