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McDonald's not lovin' fast food for employees

McDonald's took down its "McResource" employee website after

McDonald's took down its "McResource" employee website after fast food tips, provided by a third-party vendor, said hamburgers, soda and french fries are "unhealthy choices," and that a healthier alternative would be a submarine sandwich, glass of water and a side salad. (Credit: AP, 2012)

A website for McDonald's employees was taken down this week after posting information critical of eating fast food, according to media reports and a statement from the fast food chain.

CNBC posted screengrabs of the McResource employee website that provided "fast food tips," saying that hamburgers, soda and french fries are "unhealthy choices."

The website, which had content provided by a third-party vendor, suggests that a healthier alternative would be a submarine sandwich, glass of water and a side salad.


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"Fast foods are quick, reasonably priced, and readily available alternative 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."

Also included in the CNBC story are comments from a now seemingly removed press release put out by McDonald's on its corporate website Monday, which said, "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."

Earlier in the year, the McResource website garnered a lot of unwanted attention after posting a budget guide for its employees that did not allot money for food or heat and only $20 for healthcare. 

Fortunately for McDonald's employees, the company will continue to provide services via an "internal telephone help line" according to a statement posted on the company's website.

What do you think about McDonald's advice to pick "healthier" choices over fast food? Let us know in the comments field below.

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