McDonald's is once again drawing the ire of consumers after news spread that it was advising its employees to stay away from "fast food."
A McDonald's website providing resources to its employees advises against eating hamburgers, fries and sodas as well as other fried food.
The post is located in the site's "Health Encyclopedia" section and advises employees to stay away from consuming fried foods and suggests workers eat at places that offer healthy choices.
"Eat at places that offer a variety of salads, soups and vegetables to maintain your best health," the site advises, next to a picture of a sandwich and salad. "Although not impossible it is more of a challenge to eat healthy when going to a fast food place. In general, avoiding items that are deep fried are your best bet."
The advice provided by the fast food company to its employees states that in regards to its primary products, "fast foods are typically high in calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, and salt and may put people at risk for becoming overweight."
"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." With a disclaimer located at the bottom of the page that indicates the content was provided by a third party, A.D.A.M., Inc.
McDonald's defended the content in a statement issued Monday afternoon, highlighting the new, healthier menu options that the fast food giant has added in recent years.
"Portions of this website continue to be taken entirely out of context," the statement said. "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."