McDonald’s: don’t eat our food – it’s not good for your health

Information for employees

Information for employees

Just in time for the holidays, fast-food restaurant McDonald’s got caught being surprisingly honest.

On a website for its own employees McDonald’s warns against eating fast food because it can lead to overweight. A picture corresponding to McDonald’s own main product Big Mac & Co is labeled “unhealthy choice”.

McDonald’s apparently doesn’t want its employees to get fat and sick, and so advises them not to eat the food that they serve. Perhaps McDonald’s should be equally honest with their customers? How about writing “unhealthy choice” in appropriate places on the menu as well?


  1. Steve
    That entire website has now been "temporarily" disabled.
  2. Matt
    Except any type of chicken mcdonalds serves is not actually chicken, Just a bunch of poisonous ingredients..
  3. tz
    If you lose the bun and the sweet sauces, some of the stuff is tolerable. But there is no "combo", much less a super-size with more salad and unsweetened, no caffeine beverage. It is always potatoes and (except for coffee or tea) and some overly sweet beverage.
  4. Zepp
    I think its more about the ordanary fat scare!?
  5. Ketoman
    You could even add a third "Healthiest Choice" option that would be replacing the processed meats and bread in that sub with a couple Mcdoubles minus the ketchup and bun. Basically you end up with an option that is cheaper and healthier than subway.
  6. Steve
    The irony here is that they're not so much recommending non-McDonalds food as much as lower fat foods. Even when they try they cannot get it right because common wisdom is still wrong.

    This goes back to my dislike of Bloomberg's soda size limit. In the big picture if you get it right for all the wrong reasons then the benefits will be limited to nonexistent. Telling people sugary soda of a large size is bad is useless when compared to educating people as to why sugary soda of any size will kill you.

    McDonalds advising employees to make better food choices then directing them to more of the real problem is a full on lose/lose situation.

  7. Joe
    Yeah, everybody I know thinks McDonalds is sooooo good for you. If only we had more government regulations to tell us stupid citizens that soda is bad. Then nobody would touch it.
  8. Daci
    Why can't they see it's the bread,fries, and sweets that are bad?
    What is wrong with these people!?
  9. Lori Miller
    I guess McDonald's forgot about Fathead.
  10. Boundless
    There's also a story circulating that McD has a "secret menu", that, unlike Panera, really is secret (not published) and is not low-carb high-fat items. It's just their normal junk in more economical bundling for economy-minded customers.

    McD is going to have a very hard time converting to healthy foods. Previous attempts like the McLean failed. Of course, being low fat, it was misguided, which brings up another point ...

    Whether you approach McD with an LCHF or LFHC mindset, the McD menu is a disaster, and all the gory details are easily found in-store or on-line. This means that their core customer base does not really care what is in these alleged food products. Does McD dare do anything radical?

    I quit eating at McD over 2 years ago, after quitting wheat. Since then I've learned that even the non-wheat products are all contaminated with at least one ingredient I refuse to eat. I seriously doubt McD could ever get me back as a customer.

    On the "Fat Head" movie connection ... that was a real eye-opener. Despite the fact that McD products are infested with adverse ingredients, the movie showed how dramatically just going low-carb, eating 100% McD, could reduce metabolic damage.

  11. Mark
    The whole thing is based around "fat fear".
    Whereas what makes the "healthier" option healthier is replacing the fried potatoes with some fruits and vegetables. Possibly the soft drink with water.
    On the other hand it's still a bread sandwich and the "meat" looks like some kind of reformed ham.
    A better option, IMHO, would be to replace the hamburger bun with a lettuce wrap and ditch the fries.
    Unfortunatly there dosn't appear to be a "fast food" chain offering this. Even though it would seem quite easy to produce a huge choice of lettuce wraps to order. Both with and without
    meat, bread, potatoes, etc. Even the same place able cater for a mixed party of people where some wanted LCHF and others wanted HCLF. (Even HCHF, which tends to be what you actually get with McDonalds, Burger King, KFC.)
  12. Doug
    Since going LCHF I regularly eat fast food. Probably 2-3 times per week. I eat at Burger King and Wendy's as their burgers seem to be 100% meat with no filler. McDs has filler, so don't try this there. I order their largest triple cheese burger and say the following:

    "lo-carb style, style please: in a bowl, no bun, no ketchup, no mayonaise" (they put sugar in the ketchup and mayonaise now).

    At both BK and Wendy's they will glady and quickly serve you a cheeseburger this way, along with a few picese of lettuce, onions, pickels and tomato. I enjoy eating it with a knife and fork. I drink water and eat no french fries, of course. I have lost about 120 pounds over two years eating this way and it has been easy, satisfying and effective. It makes business travel, family outings and vacations simple, as I can always find a decent, inexpensive, LCHF meal pretty much anywhere.

  13. Stacy in USA
    Yeah, I'm not feeling the hate for the fast food places. It's quite easy in the US to eat LCHF at many fast food places - almost all of them will honor a special request. My two favorite are Panera and Chipotle. Panera has a wonderful steak and blue cheese salad, and Chipotle offers the burrito bowl with grilled meat, veggies, guacamole, and cheese. Chipotle also uses high quality ingredients - frequently anti-biotic free meat and organic veggies.

    All fast food restaurants in the South offer unsweetened iced tea - it's a cultural thing.

    It's a matter of common sense, personal choice and taking responsibilities for your own choices.

  14. Boundless
    > My two favorite are Panera and Chipotle.

    One of the Panera co-CEO's has reportedly gone low-carb wheat-free personally. In apparent consequence, Panera has a "hidden menu". For more observations on this (from 2013-02), see:

    Chipotle is really trying, and it is possible to craft a wheat-free LCHF meal there, and we do. Perhaps their biggest problem (which affects Mexican food generally), is that corn is a high glycemic carb, even when organic and non-GMO. If you're on a borderline keto diet, one corn tortilla is your entire meal's allotment of net carbs.

  15. Ash Simmonds
    The meat is decent, the cheese "ok" infrequently, but dodge everything else:

  16. John Fisher
    That would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

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