Why does everyone knock MacDonalds?

April 6, 2009 6:18am CST
MacDonalds gets a lot of bad publicity because of its food. It cannot be that bad or people would not go there. I see nothing wrong with treating your children to a MacDonalds now and again. Okay the food may have a lot of fat, salt etc but then does this really matter once in a while? It is not as if you would take your child here everyday is it. Also I doubt if anyone knows the otherside of MacDonalds. I will tell you about it if I may. My Grand daughter was born 10 weeks premature. She had to stay in hospital till the due date - hospital policy. As we live quite a way from the hospital where she was and my daughter was beginning to get back on her feet so could not have a hospital bed, McDonalds sponsers a place where Mums, or Mums and Dads can stay so they are near the baby. This is free of charge. It has a bedroom and a kitchen you share but can buy food to cook there. Without this my daughter would not have been able to afford somewhere to stay so that she was near her daughter. This is called The McDonald Suites. I like hundreds of others are eternity thankful to MacDonalds for this and when I hear everyone knocking them it makes me so sad that they do not know the good side of MacDonalds.
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34 responses
• India
6 Apr 09
Don’t know about others but I simply love McD’s. See, everytime I go there I know what I am getting for myself and my family. Its definitely NOT healthy but I don’t eat it every day…its not the staple food for me. It’s a fun food really, something of a kind of treat maybe when my son’s achieved something or if we have gone shopping!
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6 Apr 09
I think MacDonalds for a treat is good and once in a while does them no harm in fact it does them good as they really enjoy it
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• United States
6 Apr 09
People want to blame their health problems on anyone but themselves. I am overseas now and I eat McDonald's maybe once a month, because it reminds me of home. When I am in America I hardly ever it, maybe twice a year. When I do eat there I usually get grilled chicken and salad instead of fries. They have healthy choices and a great charities as you mentioned. However one problem they have is the factories where they buy their beef from. It is of low quality. These meat factories have bad reputations for treating workers terribly and not training them properly. I really don't like the taste of their burgers at all, the chicken is fine. Other than that I've got nothing against McD's.
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• Australia
6 Apr 09
Not only do they screw their workers, they have a lot to answer for in the environmental crisis. Their (and their competitors') need for very large potatoes to make their long french fries, and their cheap beef, have destroyed both the normal potato industries in many countries, and the Brazilian jungles, along with the livelihood of thousands of peasant farmers as their land is subsumed for beef cattle farms. As a friend of mine wrote in one of his most popular songs: Ch. In the time it takes to sing this song, There’ll be four acres cleared in the Amazon. 1. The fires burn all through the night, They say you can see it from a satellite. The smoke’s so thick for miles around, They have to close the airports down. And the green of the jungle turns to blazing red As another cattle ranch gets the go ahead. Now hamburgers grow where the forest once stood, Somehow I get the feeling that we’ve all been fooled. Of course, if you're rich you can afford to live where the environmental problems are minimal, and to hell with the peasants. Lash
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@royjune (10)
• China
6 Apr 09
there's no bad food,but there's the bad way of eating.it's what i got from a nutrionist. as we know,MacD's food contain high energy and high salt,if you've just finished the high consumption-exercise as the marathon or swimming,it'll well help restore your power,but if it is instead of usual food,it'll destroy your health for its high fat,sugar and salt.
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• United States
6 Apr 09
I give McDonalds alot of credit for at least trying to put healthy stuff on the menu...after so many people tried to take action against for supposedly making them get fat...HELLO...you chose to eat the fattening items. But, nevertheless they have done a good thing by introducing healthy foods to choose from...and well if you still choose to eat the items with hundreds of calories, that's your choice. And children...their metabolism is so high that they wear it all off within a little bit any how. As long as parents promote other healthy eating habits, exercise, then it shouldn't be a problem...I agree that its definitely ok to treat them once in a while.
• Australia
6 Apr 09
What do you mean it can't be that bad because everybody goes there? Just because 90% of the population say something is right doesn't make it so. Most people are unthinking, easily led, gullible, and lazy. McDonald's (and it's like) very cleverly trades on those attributes. Lash
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@volkano (48)
• Singapore
6 Apr 09
i like MacDonald Food very much although it have a lot of fat etc. The service of MacDonald also not bad. Seriously, i prefer MacDonald to other restaurant such as KFC , pizza Hut etc. lol
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
10 Apr 09
At one point in my life I ate McDonalds on a daily basis and I have never been fat or had serious health problems. Today's McDonalds restaurants have healthier menu choices for people who want salads or don't eat burgers (I don't). I was disappointed that they stopped the supersizes because I really like fries and always want more. Some people overdo it however with multiple sandwiches or double meals and that is not the fault of McDonalds.
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
10 Apr 09
"It cannot be that bad or people would not go there." ...um, no. People do a ton of things that're worse because it's "fun". Like everything, it's best in moderation. If you're on the road and burnin' a ton 'o calories...it's awesome. If you're like me and need bad things to keep your blood pressure up, it's awesome. One mickey d meal gives me enough energy for two days xD It all depends on you, how responsible you are about your food or your children's food.
@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
9 Apr 09
I don't have anything against McDonald's, their food may not be all that healthy, but they do have some good salads there. If I'm craving just a simple little hamburger, no big frills, I'll go there and get one, and its cheap, its not too bad. They do help alot of kids and families, I have a nephew that was born premature, and he had to stay in the hospital awhile, so my sister and her husband were able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House free of charge and it wasn't too far from the hospital, so they were able to be with him the whole time he was there.
• United States
9 Apr 09
I don't think that 'everyone' knocks McDonald's. They do get their share of criticism just like any big corporation does. I agree with most of the posters here that say nutrition is the responsibility of the individual, not the restaurants or the grocery stores or anyone else. We eat fast food because we are in a hurry or too lazy to gather fresh ingredients, take them home and make them into something delicious and healthy. Cooking takes some thought and time. I think that McDonald's is a good quick fix once in awhile when you really are too busy to make something better for you. The problem begins when we use fast foods as the rule instead of the exception. It is good old fashioned self discipline, not Mickey D's, that is the issue. Christian M. Archer
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
9 Apr 09
I know what you mean. My first job was at McDonald's and I remember my Dad being very disgusted that I was going to work there. I tell you though, that was one of the best jobs I had! I learned a lot of things, other than how to flip burgers. I quickly moved into management and learned ho to treat people and deal with all kinds of issues. I learned about the importance of inventory and budgeting. I'm now a CPA, and have been a trainer at other jobs. I think all of that stems from my start at McDonalds. I also ate McDonald's food every day for the 4 or 5 years that I worked there. It's not the worst food for you, but you're right that it isn't the best either! Corporate McDonald's does do a lot for the community too. I'm sad that you had a need for their services, but glad they were there to help you!
@mjhicks (319)
• United States
7 Apr 09
A few other facts about McDonalds.... You will find that many of the food safety and sanitation laws for food processing and packaging came about because the founder of MeDonalds. When some of the burger patties didn't seem to cook right they started doing their own inspection of the meat packing plants that supplied the beef. If they found unsafe practices or that soy protien was being used as filler in hamburger meat they stopped using the supplier. Only the highest quality meat and other raw ingredients would do. The founder and his partner fought for better laws, rules, and mandatory inspections of meat packing and other food processing plants. McDonalds is also a leader in supplying nutrition information on each of their menu items. Read the book Behind The Golden Arches all about the history of McDonalds.
• Netherlands
7 Apr 09
I for one don't knock McDonald's, true I would not go and eat there very often, but when I get a craving for a McDonald's then I Want a McDonald's! And you are right about the facilities that they provide all over the World for families with health problems. The McDonald's Houses are, or should be, well known all over the World by everyone and if they don't know about them then they must be living under a rock somewhere in the middle of goodness knows where, because they are certainly publicized enough. It's nice that your daughter could use their facilities when she needed them!
@taface412 (3175)
• United States
7 Apr 09
I think McD's is great. And there is a reason they are the top selling burger joint and add in all the great things they do for the community and The Ronald MacDonald house...yeah that clown is grand.
@csrobins (1124)
• United States
7 Apr 09
Everything in moderation and discretion. That is the problem, not unhealthy food. If McDonalds should not be eaten then neither should cakes, alfredo pasta dishes, cookies, brownies, fried chicken, movie popcorn, candy bars, some sandwich meat and frozen meats that aren't 100% meat, or even those vegetables that are served in butter and cream. Peope need to chill out and realize what they are eating all the time, not just the stuff that has the bad publicity. Peopel ar estupid when it comes to nutrition.
@angemac23 (2005)
• Canada
7 Apr 09
There is nothing wrong with MacDonalds once and a while but if it's every day or several times a week, that's a problem....the biggest problem I think people have with MacDonalds is the fact that their food is complete garbage in terms of health and do not let their customers know exactly what they are eating!
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
7 Apr 09
I like mcdonalds every once in a while but I wouldn't eat it more then maybe once a month. My daughter who is 3 calls is donalds. She always wants fries and chicken nuggets. I do go out more since its getting a bit eaiser now and I started buying the big bag of frozen frech fries and chicken nuggets. I make those before we leave the house and put them in bags that if we have time I let them decorate with crayons and stickers before hand. Its a lot cheaper and less salt b/c I don't add any extra salt to the fries. I throw in a sticker or a candy as a special treat. This has saved me time and money.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
7 Apr 09
I see nothing wrong with going to McDonalds once or twice a month. I happen to like their hamburgers. The restaurants are generally clean and well run. I have yet to go into any McD's and smell rancid cooking oil. I recently went into a KFC and the rancid grease smell was so bad that I either had to leave or be sick. There was no one in the restaurant (I wonder why), but surprisingly there were plenty in the drive thru. If only they knew... There is enough selection on McD's menu to plan healthier meals...if people would take advantage of those options.
• United States
7 Apr 09
I don't think anyone can deny the good that the McDonald's Corporation has done. Ronald McDonald House had helped thousands upon thousands of families who found themselves in a similar situation as your daughter. Keep in mind, however, that the company also receives HUGE tax advantages for their philanthropic endeavors. Anyone who doubts that fast food is bad for you should view a documentary called "Supersize Me". The film maker ate nothing but McDonalds food for 30 days. The effects on his body were astounding and just a few weeks in his doctors were advising him to stop. The doctors were shocked at the effects this food had on this man's body. Be sure to watch the Special Features section for a very scary and repulsive experiment. Even if you agree that this food is unhealthy, you will be shocked at how quickly this food can deteriorate one's health. Now, I realize that most of us do not eat fast food for 3 meals a day every day. But there are those who eat this food and feed it to their children many times a week. Even the salads, which contain fried chicken, tons of cheese, and high calorie dressings are loaded with fat, calories, and salt. McDonalds always seems to get singled out, but most of the foods from other chains are just as bad for you. All fast food restaurants must provide you with nutritional information upon request and many others post this information for their diners. On the brighter side, many fast food restaurants now offer healthier options, although it is sometimes difficult to resist the greasier, salt laden and tastier foods.
@bellaofchaos (11549)
• United States
7 Apr 09
Here is the thing I agree with you that they get a bad reputation because there food is not healthly but we all have to remember that as long as you bring in moderatin that it's not so bad. Like you said every once in a while. Here is the thing people automatically blame fast food chains for obesity and poor diet. When these fast food places have the nutrition right out there so everyone can see it. If your going to pick you kid up something from Mcdonalds and your worried about the nutrition you can get the chicken nugget with a pkg of apple dippers and a chocolate milk that is healthier than the small fries and soda. But people are more interested in blaming other for their food choices. Now some people are genectically just messed up and no matter what they put in their mouth they are going to gain. That is some not all mind you. But again not everyone looks at the whole picture they take one thing the media jumps on and run with it. Mcdonalds does a lot of great things for communities and families and charities but they are to often burried under the debris of what the media is currently slinging at them.