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Gluten-Free Fast Food

You deserve a break today! You just might not be getting it at a fast food restaurant. Most fast food places are very slow in getting the gluten-free picture, while some are slowly coming around. Following is a list of some fast food joints and their allergen info. Feel free to contact the individual restaurants for more info, and to bug them about providing gluten free items.

Arby’s:
http://www.arbys.com/nutrition/printable.php?type=allergens
Arby’s is great about packaging the roast beef in a plastic container, rather than placing it on a bun. The curly fries have gluten, but the potato cakes seem to be gluten-free.

Burger King:
Very few gluten-free items.
http://www.bk.com/#menu=3,2,-1

Carls Jr.:
http://www.carlsjr.com/content/downloads/CarlsJr_AllergenChart_.pdf
There are a couple of things here:
The Six Dollar Lo Carb Burger
Regular & Chili Fries

In-N-Out:
Very gluten-free friendly… you can get any burger "Protein Style" or wrapped in lettuce instead of serving it on a bun. Protein Style is listed in their "Secret Menu" Also their French fries are made fresh from potatoes that were washed, peeled and cooked minutes before they are served to you.

Jack in the Box:
http://www.jackinthebox.com/nutrition/
Not much here.

KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken):
http://www.kfc.com/nutrition/pdf/kfc_allergens_aug10.pdf
Not a whole lot here, either, although a few sides a gluten-free.


McDonald's:
McDonald’s offers Allergen info on their website:
http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/nutritionexchange/ingredientslist.pdf
There is very little there that is gluten-free—even their fries and hash browns contain wheat! The salads seem safe, just watch out for the dressings. Most of the ice cream products look safe, too. Always check before you dine, though.

Sonic:
http://www.sonicdrivein.com/pdfs/menu/Sonic_Allergen_Table_9-30-08.pdf
There are quite a few choices on this menu, like fries and tots; just order your burger bunless.

Subway:
http://www.subway.com/applications/NutritionInfo/Files/AllergenChart.pdf
According to the chart, the following salads are gluten-free:
Chicken & Bacon Ranch (includes cheese)
Cold Cut Combo
Ham (Black Forest)
Italian BMT®
Roast Beef
Roasted Chicken Breast
Tuna
Turkey Breast
Turkey Breast & Ham
Spicy Italian
Subway Club®
Subway Club®
Veggie Delite®

Taco Bell:
http://www.tacobell.com/nutrition/allergens
According to Taco Bell's Allergen chart only three things on the menu are gluten free.
Side of Rice
Side of Pinto Beans and Cheese
Tostada


Wendy's:
Wonderful Wendy’s has their own gluten-free list!
You deserve a break today! You just might not be getting it at a fast food restaurant. Most fast food places are very slow in getting the gluten-free picture, while some are slowly coming around. Following is a list of some fast food joints and their allergen info. Feel free to contact the individual restaurants for more info, and to bug them about providing gluten free items.

Arby’s:
http://www.arbys.com/nutrition/printable.php?type=allergens
Arby’s is great about packaging the roast beef in a plastic container, rather than placing it on a bun. The curly fries have gluten, but the potato cakes seem to be gluten-free.

Burger King:
Very few gluten-free items.
http://www.bk.com/#menu=3,2,-1

Carls Jr.:
http://www.carlsjr.com/content/downloads/CarlsJr_AllergenChart_.pdf
There are a couple of things here:
The Six Dollar Lo Carb Burger
Regular & Chili Fries

In-N-Out:
Very gluten-free friendly… you can get any burger "Protein Style" or wrapped in lettuce instead of serving it on a bun. Protein Style is listed in their "Secret Menu" Also their French fries are made fresh from potatoes that were washed, peeled and cooked minutes before they are served to you.

Jack in the Box:
http://www.jackinthebox.com/nutrition/
Not much here.

KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken):
http://www.kfc.com/nutrition/pdf/kfc_allergens_aug10.pdf
Not a whole lot here, either, although a few sides a gluten-free.


McDonald's:
McDonald’s offers Allergen info on their website:
http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/nutritionexchange/ingredientslist.pdf
There is very little there that is gluten-free—even their fries and hash browns contain wheat! The salads seem safe, just watch out for the dressings. Most of the ice cream products look safe, too. Always check before you dine, though.

Sonic:
http://www.sonicdrivein.com/pdfs/menu/Sonic_Allergen_Table_9-30-08.pdf
There are quite a few choices on this menu, like fries and tots; just order your burger bunless.

Subway:
http://www.subway.com/applications/NutritionInfo/Files/AllergenChart.pdf
According to the chart, the following salads are gluten-free:
Chicken & Bacon Ranch (includes cheese)
Cold Cut Combo
Ham (Black Forest)
Italian BMT®
Roast Beef
Roasted Chicken Breast
Tuna
Turkey Breast
Turkey Breast & Ham
Spicy Italian
Subway Club®
Subway Club®
Veggie Delite®

Taco Bell:
http://www.tacobell.com/nutrition/allergens
According to Taco Bell's Allergen chart only three things on the menu are gluten free.
Side of Rice
Side of Pinto Beans and Cheese
Tostada


Wendy's:
Wonderful Wendy’s has their own gluten-free list!
http://www.wendys.com/food/pdf/us/gluten_free_list.pdf
All of their hamburgers can be ordered bunless. They serve croutons packaged on the side of their salads, so you don’t have to pick them out. The baked potatoes and chili are gluten free.

All of their hamburgers can be ordered bunless. They serve croutons packaged on the side of their salads, so you don’t have to pick them out. The baked potatoes and chili are gluten free.

As always, Celiac.com welcomes your comments (see below).


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101 Responses:

 
AB

said this on
19 May 2009 12:37:52 PM PST
The Subway info is actually at http://www.subway.com/subwayroot/MenuNutrition/Nutrition/pdf/AllergenChart.pdf

 
Sarah

said this on
27 Jul 2009 5:42:53 PM PST
Actually Burger King fries are gluten-free. They use rice flour and have designated fryers. A highlight for my gluten-free kids.

 
aleshia

said this on
14 Feb 2010 4:40:39 PM PST
If they are actually cooked in a designated fryer, then why do I always end up with two or three onion rings when I order fries there?

 
Ashton

said this on
14 Oct 2013 6:18:51 AM PST
I have worked at Burger King for two years now. We do use designated fryer and occasionally, an onion ring will slip in every now and then since the heaters are nearby for ease. We do use separate tongs to get the fries out of the heater and the onion rings out of the heater.

 
Debbie

said this on
17 Oct 2013 1:25:44 PM PST
Because they may be fried in dedicated fryer, but dumped under heat lamps in the same bin as the onion rings.

 
jessica

said this on
10 Apr 2012 5:42:14 AM PST
I worked at a Burger King for 5 years and we cooked everything in the same vats of oil. we did not have separate oil for french fries.

 
J. Badley

said this on
21 Oct 2009 10:58:49 AM PST
I eat at Wendy's fairly often, and I ask them to change to fresh gloves before handling my baked potato. I top it with the chili. One comment: Just picking out croutons from any salad is not acceptable for a Celiac or those gluten intolerant as my doctor says even a crumb matters.

 
Jordan

said this on
15 Sep 2010 5:22:04 PM PST
Omg, don't be such a drama queen. Changing gloves? Seriously? I'd be more concerned about the spit on my baked potato rather than a touch of gluten. My daughter has celiac disease and she doesn't have any trouble after eating things that may have touched gluten items. You're not going to die from it. Eat at home if you're going to be so damn picky.

 
kit

said this on
04 Oct 2010 2:59:47 AM PST
uh actually a person could very well die from gluten. A person with celiac disease if they get contaminated will cause severe reactions such as PAIN and will eventually lead to death due the damage if the intestines. Don't be ignorant and if you choose to live dangerously (sad for the child) do not encourage strangers to do so also.

 
coffeebean

said this on
08 Sep 2013 7:40:26 PM PST
Please prepare your food at home if you have a serious gluten allergy. Restaurants are only in business to make money. Can you ever really trust their methods? Why become so analytical and accusatory? Just take care of yourself and don't expect the world to do it for you.

 
Taylor

said this on
27 Nov 2010 11:00:50 PM PST
Maybe you're daughter isn't as sensitive as some. I'm very sensitive to gluten and even a bread crumb affects me. J. Badley is not being picky at all, people like us can die from it.

 
Karen

said this on
13 Dec 2010 9:30:04 AM PST
I personally won't die from a simple crumb, but I will want to. The pain and discomfort lasts for 3-5 days. My allergy is vicious!

 
Erin R: )

said this on
21 Dec 2010 10:00:53 AM PST
What the hell Jordan?! You can die from it in fact. I'm 12 years old and I have horrible pain when I get my food contaminated. The fast food restaurants should look into this more and handle it better because their food handling is atrocious! They don't and people don't understand what it feels like to have this disease and I feel that if you don't have it you don't understand anything about it. So Jordan remember the saying "if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all!" And if you don't want your girl to have cancer then look into it.

 
Rebecca

said this on
23 Dec 2010 8:33:58 PM PST
Actually, about 3% of people with celiac can develop lower intestinal cancer... better safe than sorry. And, just a thought, unless you are married to the person who insists on clean gloves why do you care? Such vehement animosity for something that doesn't concern you...

 
Linda

said this on
26 Jan 2011 11:10:08 AM PST
Yes you can die from eating gluten. The more you eat the more damage it creates in the small intestine. It can literally eat it up. I know my nephew died last year.

 
Celiac Mom

said this on
10 Feb 2011 2:02:03 PM PST
I think your response is quite RUDE, Jordan. I wind up with 24 hours of sickness from cross contamination and even the slightest exposure to gluten. The folks at Chipotle in particular are SO wonderful changing their gloves. Just because YOUR daughter doesn't get sick doesn't mean SOMEONE ELSE won't and doesn't. Not sure what gives you the right to judge or criticize!

 
Laura

said this on
16 Feb 2011 10:27:00 AM PST
Then your daughter clearly is not as sensitive as others. How about you just relax and allow others to eat their gluten free food in peace?

 
Ashly

said this on
12 Apr 2011 3:21:37 PM PST
to Jordan (posted sept 15, 2010):

As a health care professional (pediatric RN) I can tell you that just because there are no symptoms, there is still damage being done to the intestines regardless of the amount ingested. SO just because she isn't having symptoms, you are still poisoning her body. If she had a small intestinal biopsy I'm sure they would find damage. The damage done to the intestines leads to cancer that is very difficult to detect until it has already metastasized. The inflammation that eating a food you are allergic to causes is widespread throughout the body and can further contribute to the development of cancers as well as many other autoimmune disorders (which celiac is one). Your lack of knowledge on your child's disease is appalling and your attitude about the disorder needs to change. Clearly you are very uneducated about this and you need to stop posting your opinions on boards like this, as you may influence someones decisions about their health and cause someone else to make equally harmful decisions for people in their lives. Shame on you.

 
lud

said this on
14 Apr 2011 10:26:37 AM PST
Wow that is super rude -- just because your daughter's allergy is not as sensitive it does not mean everyone else is that way. -- we also ask for a glove change. It is not worth the day of pain just to avoid asking for a 30 sec change of gloves.

 
Clint Tatum

said this on
01 May 2011 12:32:51 PM PST
I guess you have never seen your child have hours of pain and diarrhea caused by just a touch of something with a gluten peptide on it like I have had to suffer from people not taking the term celiac disease so serious.

 
Emily

said this on
06 May 2011 12:07:07 PM PST
Re: Jordan -
If I were this guy, I'd go ahead and make sure the person handling his food has gluten-free spit, too.

 
Leon

said this on
21 May 2011 1:09:30 PM PST
Drama Queen? How about if I handle rat poison before preparing your food, and we'll see how you like it! Your poor daughter, she deserves better!

 
Celiacs teen

said this on
26 Aug 2011 2:33:29 PM PST
Okay, well some people have celiac disease really bad and they end up in the hospital with even cross-contamination so before you say anything you should take into consideration that people get this bad and you should be very thankful you're daughter is one of the lucky ones.

 
Becca

said this on
06 Sep 2011 10:01:33 AM PST
You could have said this without being so confrontational. Plus, in talking to others with celiac and gluten intolerance, it seems that different people have different degrees of reaction. Glad for you that your daughter can tolerate some trace amounts.

 
Tracy

said this on
10 Sep 2011 7:58:36 AM PST
My son has severe gluten sensitivity!! If he eats something that has gluten anywhere on or near it (similar to a peanut allergy) he has problems. So...YOU need to understand that your daughter is ONE person...there are millions more and each are different with different degrees of this disease. So...you eat at home!!!

 
Angie

said this on
06 Jan 2012 9:53:56 AM PST
Are you kidding you should be more concerned about your daughter...for the record some people with celiac do get sick from just a crumb...me being one of those and maybe you should do a little more research...it sucks getting sick and the pain is almost unbearable....and by the way if it goes untreated it can kill you its called colon cancer....so get a clue....

 
pat

said this on
09 Mar 2012 9:52:23 AM PST
Wow, that's harsh. I do get sick from items that just "touch" my food. Let's not be so judgmental.

 
Sarah

said this on
21 Mar 2012 3:42:12 PM PST
Some of us are totally gluten intolerant meaning if someone touches a bun and then touches my food I get sick. Just because you may not need to be so careful doesn't mean you need to judge others.

 
Alice

said this on
21 Mar 2012 4:55:34 PM PST
Everyone has different degrees of sensitivity. Some need to use separate toasters at home as well as thoroughly cleaning counter tops. It's not being "picky" for some it's just being afraid of vomiting or pooping yourself afterwards.

 
mrs.dahl

said this on
18 Apr 2012 1:27:12 PM PST
People die from celiac disease. Look it up before you speak.

 
Maria

said this on
21 May 2012 6:03:21 AM PST
Some people are super celiac and can get really ill from a "crumb or two". Just because one person isn't like that doesn't mean they all are. It's a difficult topic already, let's not be nasty.

 
Sam

said this on
21 May 2012 2:35:49 PM PST
Jordan, if you are not a celiac then you have no right to judge those who are. Some have it worse than others and can't even use shampoo with wheat in it.

 
Kay

said this on
24 Jul 2012 4:35:06 PM PST
To Jordan, I am not going to attack you for your comments and the way you are feeding your child, although I do feel that it was offensive to anyone suffering from this disease. I would just ask you to do some research on celiac disease. My own personal story will hopefully encourage you to do so. I have had celiac disease since childhood. It went undiagnosed until recently because no one was educated about the disease. As a result, I have an auto-immune disease called SomoTumor. It is not an actual brain tumor but acts exactly like one. I have difficulty speaking at times, and have crippling migraines as a result. Celiac disease is not just a hype. If untreated (eliminating gluten in your diet) it can result in rare diseases that have severe consequences for the rest of your life. I am only 25 years old and have to live with this daily. I know you would want better for your daughter.

 
Celiac mom

said this on
30 Aug 2012 4:33:45 PM PST
Jordan- You're ignorant and you're killing your daughter by contaminating her food. Talk to a gastrointestinal doctor who specializes in celiac disease because the disease is very serious and CLEARLY not understood by many. Aslo- she got it from her mom or dad. Period. My aunt died from constant exposure/ cross contamination, which lead to cancer in the intestine. New reports show that 100% of people who don't follow the extremely strict diet will develop cancer from it.

 
Ellen

said this on
13 Sep 2012 10:46:42 AM PST
Hey Jordan, newsflash: some people ARE that allergic to things. I am so allergic to latex that I cannot sit in a room with an open box of latex gloves or even rubber bands without my throat closing up.
If you are going to be so judgmental and mean, don't read this page. I didn't see an M.D. after your name, so I'm guessing you're just an insensitive jerk.

 
Janice P.

said this on
25 Sep 2012 11:35:53 AM PST
Everyone has different sensitivities to gluten. Also, there are people out there who do not have celiac disease that are unable to eat wheat/gluten containing foods. I have mast cell disease and am unable to eat wheat/gluten. You may not realize that for some people, even the least bit of contact with gluten can cause issues. For myself, I spend the next day, ALL DAY, on the toilet. For some people with celiac disease, it can even cause seizures. I also happen to be a Registered Licensed Dietitian. Before you get critical of others you may want to educate yourself. Please be respectful of others. Thank you.

 
Mary

said this on
15 Oct 2012 1:35:59 AM PST
Some people have SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTIONS to the things they are ALLERGIC to. You're ignorant. I can't even use the same cutting board as my husband.

 
admin
( Author)
said this on
15 Oct 2012 2:57:31 PM PST
Mary, this article is NOT about allergy, it is about gluten sensitivities.

 
amanda

said this on
10 Jan 2013 6:50:49 AM PST
I agree wholeheartedly!

 
CeliacSux

said this on
20 Aug 2013 11:43:03 PM PST
Wow. First of all asking someone to change their gloves is no more time consuming or difficult than another person asking for a substitution or an extra patty of meat. Secondly, how does telling that person to eat at home make any sense when the whole point of these blogs is to give celiacs better information for when they DON'T eat at home, genius? If you had celiac disease, maybe you would understand. (I say this and never once have I asked someone to change their gloves, but each to their own, no need to be a jerk.)

 
Cassidy

said this on
29 Feb 2016 1:26:57 PM PST
Your daughter may not show physical signs on the outside, but as a fellow celiac... IT MATTERS SO MUCH CROSS CONTAMINATION IS REAL AND YOUR DAUGHTERS INTESTINES ARE PROBABLY PAYING FOR YOUR IRRESPONSIBLE ACTIONS! I feel sorry for your daughter having such an uneducated mother!

 
Carol Holmes

said this on
24 Jun 2012 11:37:39 AM PST
That is exactly RIGHT! I was shocked at the so inappropriate idea of picking out the crutons! What!? Even a few crumbs give me flu like symptoms, so forget that!

 
M. Freiler

said this on
15 Dec 2009 7:35:23 PM PST
I recently spoke with Dr. Stefano Guandalini, Director of the Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago, who assures me that McDonald's french fries are gluten-free. He said he's researched the issue thoroughly with McDonald's.

 
A. Thorson

said this on
16 Dec 2009 4:52:03 PM PST
Two months ago saw an empty box of McD's fries in a parking lot with an ingredient list and was curious because I know this is such a debate. Wheat was listed right on the box.

 
DeLonna

said this on
11 May 2010 3:33:10 PM PST
McDonald's site says the fries contain a beef flavoring that contains wheat.

 
Tanya

said this on
04 Nov 2010 8:53:26 PM PST
If that is the case, then why is wheat an ingredient listed when you call their nutrition line?

 
tmike

said this on
28 Dec 2009 4:47:52 PM PST
50% of the time, Taco Bell tostadas have given me problems, presumably from cross-contamination. Then again, how lazy am I that i'd buy and drive home with what become soggy broken tostadas instead of making them.

 
Merovign

said this on
14 Jan 2010 12:36:43 PM PST
The biggest problem with fast foods is handling. Burger king may or may not use separate fryers for fries depending on the location - I've seen them shared. And I'm told by Wendy's employees that the Chili usually has chopped up patties removed from buns (discarded or returned burgers) included in it - cross-contamination again, depending on the location.

 
admin
( Author)
said this on
15 Jan 2010 4:01:18 PM PST
So how many Wendy's employees do you know? Their chili is pre-made and they don't throw old hamburgers in it...I've never heard that claim before and seriously doubt its validity. I've also not heard about Burger King not using dedicated fryers. If you are making broad claims about such things you need better facts to support them than what you are offering here.

 
Jane

said this on
03 Mar 2010 8:57:07 AM PST
I used to work at Wendy's and we would put old burgers, although usually from the grill, that fell apart or got a little burned into the chili. I wouldn't doubt that some stores would go the length of putting returned ones in although I don't remember us doing that.

 
Jeri

said this on
04 Mar 2010 5:53:18 AM PST
I actually had some friends that worked at Wendy's near me and they said the same thing. They pride themselves on fresh burgers, so they can only be on the grill for so long. When they have passed the time allowed on the grill, they are then saved for the chili. I don't know about being removed from a bun though. My friends were warning me, "Don't eat the chili here because..."

 
Penny Zoellner

said this on
05 Sep 2010 11:56:14 PM PST
I worked at Wendy's, there chili is made fresh as needed. It does not come in made up, they do open a can of beans. As far as burgers taken off buns, that depends on the store. That would be a big liability on there part if they do, since they say there chili is gluten-free.

 
Zoë

said this on
07 Feb 2011 10:48:33 AM PST
They most certainly do add old patties to their chili, have you ever had their chili? It's pretty obvious.

 
Blair

said this on
24 Sep 2011 8:14:50 AM PST
I worked at Wendy's for over a year. The claim made by Merovign is very true. At the end of the night whatever burger is left is boiled put in the fridge, boiled up and cut and put into the chilli the next day.. Just be careful, I'm not sure if all Wendy's does this but the one in my home town does.

 
MEga

said this on
03 Feb 2010 7:26:12 PM PST
Honestly think about it. Okay McDonald's fries maybe gluten free but what about those nuggets they throw into the oil. It is all the same oil....same with Burger King and their onion rings........

 
admin
( Author)
said this on
04 Feb 2010 2:01:49 PM PST
McDonald's uses dedicated french fry fryers...they always have. They only cook french fries in them. I believe the same is true for Burger king. Please stick to the facts when posting, this is how rumors get started, or old ones continue!

 
admin
( Author)
said this on
04 Feb 2010 2:02:03 PM PST
McDonald's uses dedicated french fry fryers...they always have. They only cook french fries in them. I believe the same is true for Burger king. Please stick to the facts when posting, this is how rumors get started, or old ones continue!

 
Mark

said this on
12 Feb 2010 12:06:02 PM PST
Unfortunately, I used to work at McDonald's and can verify that the fryers are not dedicated to french fries only. Especially at night, when the night shift is cleaning the oil/fryers they usually only use one or two fryers while they clean all the others.

 
robyn

said this on
30 Mar 2010 9:28:23 AM PST
They may use dedicated fryers, but their fries are NOT gluten free. Go to the ingredients list for fries on their website. It blatantly states: CONTAINS: WHEAT AND MILK *(Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients).

 
Zoë

said this on
07 Feb 2011 10:51:30 AM PST
you're pretty cocky and know-it-all to be posting all of this stuff to only be trumped by people who have, in fact, worked at these places and verify the way it really works. You can't really trust what people tell you when you call the corporate headquarters - some restaurants might do it one way when others do it other ways, even if they'd like to believe everyone follows the rules - when your entire staff is 16 year old kids who don't even know anything about gluten...you're bound to have cross contamination.

 
amy

said this on
12 Mar 2012 11:27:33 AM PST
The dedicated fryer theory is the way they are supposed to be. I have worked at more than one fast food place with "dedicated" fryers and when they get backed up and too many customers, everyone of them would use the dedicated fryer to fry other things. I don't trust any of them. And wouldn't it be great if someone could make an all gluten free fast food joint? It wouldn't take much more than a great menu and a lot of money to start one.

 
Michelle

said this on
10 Aug 2012 3:48:49 PM PST
My local McDonald's has dedicated fryers for the fries, fish and chicken. They are all owned by the same person and all the same way so I guess it depends on where you live. I'm sure if you ask they will tell you although it is probably irrelevant because even though the fries are gluten free the oil isn't.

 
amanda

said this on
06 Mar 2010 2:13:26 PM PST
Most fast food restaurants do not have dedicated fryers. I have worked at several, and even if they say they are dedicated, most places do use the same fry baskets and oil, especially at night when cleaning. Also, most employees do not consider allergens and cross contaminate most all products at one point or another. if you want to be really sure you are gluten free, I suggest preparing your food yourself. In this day and age most people are quite inconsiderate to others and you cannot trust them to take your needs into consideration.

 
Dee Dee

said this on
11 May 2010 9:14:21 AM PST
You can get any burger at Carl's Jr. Protein style as well....They have a great online menu with allergy information and lots of options for those of us living Gluten-free. :o)

 
Quincy

said this on
12 May 2010 1:04:10 PM PST
I had only McDonald's fries for a snack and a cup of ice water. About 10 minutes later I felt like I had gluten. I was wiped out, nauseous, headache, dizziness.... I don't care what they say. Those fries have GLUTEN IN THEM. After having a small fry I knew. Please do not go around saying McDonald's fries don't have gluten in them because they do! It is not worth someone's health. I didn't start feeling better until the next day.

I come here for advice on what to eat but NOW I also follow up with the restaurants website and ingredient lists because I am too scared because of what happened with my experience last week at McDonald's :( Burger King fries do not affect me.

 
Elizabeth W.

said this on
10 Jun 2010 5:31:40 PM PST
I'm another former McDonalds employee who can testify that not all McDonalds restaurants use dedicated fry fryers. Maybe some do, and maybe all are supposed to, but we threw whatever in that oil; so there was definite cross contamination there.

 
Jackie

said this on
26 Aug 2010 8:16:03 AM PST
The Burger King in North Conway, NH does NOT use dedicated fryers. I worked there myself, and I also eat there on a regular basis (child is celiac, not me). While it is suggested policy that they use dedicated fryers, there are times when chicken/fish is placed into the "fry" baskets. They also cook their onion rings in the same fryer as the french fries.

 
Laura

said this on
21 Sep 2010 3:14:40 PM PST
The best fast food place to eat gluten free is Chick-Fil-A. I'm a former employee, their website has a gluten-free section, and I can attest to the fact that their fries are cooked completely separate from anything with gluten - the breaded chicken is cooked in a pressure cooker. You can also order their nuggets grilled instead of fried - they bread their chicken after they receive them from the warehouse (yes, their chicken is REAL - fresh chicken breasts and nuggets - in fact, all their food except for the fries are fresh - carrots shredded every day, same with cabbage in cole slaw - strawberries sliced daily - lettuce rinsed and chopped, lemons squeeze each morning for lemonade - real lemons, come in a huge case) and if you want them grilled, they get fresh nuggets out of the cooler and throw them on the grill that they use for their chargrilled chicken. Very tasty!

 
John

said this on
28 Sep 2010 12:41:49 PM PST
Chik-Fil-MSG? Are you SERIOUS? They even soak their toothpicks in MSG! If you don't eat the rabbit food at Chik-Fil-A, you are getting gluten...period! I love the food at Chik-Fil-A but it's not worth the aches and pains I get afterward or the eventual IV iron infusion that follows months later.

 
Suzanne

said this on
30 Sep 2010 10:52:16 AM PST
Thanks for all this information...I have been getting fries when I am running errands and haven't had lunch. Bet this change will make a difference.

 
Michael

said this on
30 Sep 2010 7:25:03 PM PST
I'm a type 1 diabetic, on an insulin pump. Just found out today I have celiac disease. Most of what I've read, above, is very helpful, though worrisome. I'm sure we'll all have our moments where we thought we were getting something gluten free, but there was a crumb here, a touch there. We'll learn to live with it, life goes on. Thanks for the input, enjoy!

 
Krys

said this on
27 Oct 2010 4:36:15 PM PST
In other words...don't eat out, if you worried about your food being contaminated. Bottom line, you never know what is gluten free unless you make yourself.

 
Rose94

said this on
25 Jan 2011 10:59:21 AM PST
I made a very big mistake. I sometimes conveniently forget that celiac disease is about being GLUTEN intolerant. Yes, it is possible that the traces of wheat in something might be so minimal that it doesn't trigger a GLUTEN reaction which makes it okay for people with celiac disease; however, if you are wheat allergic and yeast intolerant, you can get sick off fast food that has been given the thumbs up by celiacs.

 
Colin Jensen

said this on
01 Feb 2011 10:25:38 AM PST
Jack in the Box has a breakfast bowl, which they serve 24/7. It's basically eggs, cheese, sausage, mayonnaise, and hash browns. The questionable thing I see is that the sausage probably has caramel color in it, but other than that it looks safe.

 
Andrew Roehler

said this on
23 Mar 2011 12:45:24 PM PST
My mother and I both have celiac disease (mine was confirmed by endoscopy and blood test though I never felt any pain while consuming gluten); my mother has extreme reaction when eating gluten and at least the various McDonald's we go to in Arizona, have not led to any reaction. The one thing we have found is there sadly in no uniformity along the fast food lines. Cross contamination really can happen as easily as lifting a bun across a designated fryer. We eat at our own risk and there are far worse consequences for eating gluten than the obvious stomach pains (that was directed towards Jordan). Good luck to my fellow celiacs and my biggest recommendation is to eat at home. The burgers taste better, ingredients fresher, and whole foods and even many grocery stores are starting to carry great tasting buns. I've also lost a bit of weight in giving it up lol.

 
Lauren

said this on
22 May 2011 11:00:38 AM PST
I have to have them change their gloves too. I am extremely sensitive to gluten, I even get the celiac rash from cross contamination as well as the intestinal discomfort. Some people are more sensitive than others, but some people are just as sensitive, but exhibit fewer external symptoms. Better safe than sorry in my opinion. I eat at Subway and have them change their gloves and use fresh knife when cutting my chicken, even sometimes they pull out fresh containers of lettuce for my salads. Yes, it's that important to be gluten free, and you know what, no fast food person has EVER complained.

 
Shelly

said this on
26 May 2011 10:34:13 AM PST
Burgerville has yummy gluten free fries! Try Wendy's Gf chili too.

 
Kay

said this on
01 Jul 2011 8:05:35 PM PST
Great comments, but seriously people! As anyone with a serious and real gluten allergy could probably attest, it doesn't matter what the menu says, the workers say, or the corporate says. Ask for a glove change, ask how they handle the food, and sit there and watch them make it. I watched as my dad had to eat gluten free 20 years ago when they looked at him like he was green when he asked them not to include a bun. He learned you just have to be okay being "that customer". All the places have a lot of people working, and a lot of turnover. When it comes right down to it, every restaurant, every day is different, you can't assume. So ask questions, be demanding, and look over their shoulder.

 
Renee

said this on
01 Jul 2011 7:18:46 AM PST
My son is 12 and his celiac was just confirmed with a scope. As his mom, nothing is more important to me than his health and I am researching like crazy to make sure he doesn't get hidden gluten. I am talking to restaurant managers also and I am getting them to change gloves and use a dedicated plate when fixing his food. I'm stunned by Jordan's comment. I hope her daughter survives her.

 
Renee

said this on
01 Jul 2011 7:21:10 AM PST
Jason's Deli is also very gluten-free friendly!! They have GF bread and their deli meat is also gluten-free. When a GF order comes through, they change gloves and use a dedicated plate especially if it goes through the toaster so it's never contaminated. I spoke to the manager and they are very careful. Love them!

 
Chelise

said this on
28 May 2012 12:33:43 PM PST
Good to know! I love Jason's Deli and I don't want to be ill!

 
ANNONYMOUS

said this on
28 Aug 2011 3:53:57 PM PST
If you think that you can die from celiac disease then don't leave your life in another person's hands at a fast food restaurant! Instead of being picky and giving people a hard time, don't eat there! Take your issues out on the company, not the workers!

 
jill sacherman

said this on
31 Aug 2011 9:15:41 AM PST
The chain, Taco Time, has a small gluten free menu. Most items are on their "Fit Hit" menu and say "gluten free." There is a chicken salad. Some sort of Tostada and my favorite, their White Bean Chicken Chili. They switched their formulas and ensure a gluten free status on these few items. Peeping into their kitchen, it is hard to imagine how they would cross contaminate their GF offerings, but I suppose you could remind the server to use a dedicated spoon or whatever. So, I agree with those that state that it is not the most authentic Mexican food. However it is an easy and fairly tasty lunch or dinner out, for those of us too nervous to go very often, don't like playing "twenty questions' with the staff, and are sick to death of our own cooking.

 
lucy

said this on
04 Sep 2011 11:54:37 PM PST
I'm 15 and I work at McDonald's and also suffer. They do cross contaminate and honestly my best advice for everyone is to ask questions. A lot of people come through and ask about the gluten free items. Trust me...there are few...I can't eat from there, it makes me sick. They do no dedicate specific fryers and honestly a lot of people are very hurtful saying that I have an eating disorder or am on a crash diet since I can't eat gluten. I rarely go out to eat with my friends since it's so hard to be sure if something is actually gluten free Unless you make it yourself... honestly the only people who truly understand are the people who have suffered the same pain and discomfort and sickness... anyone who says otherwise on this page is talking out of their a#$...

 
karen

said this on
23 Jul 2012 8:37:41 PM PST
It is a good thing that you found out you have celiac disease so young. I did not figure it out till I was in bed for two years in my 40s. I am glad you will not have to go though what I did. I relate to the annoyance of people that think you have an eating disorder. Once I even told someone, "sure, I'll try it but you have to promise to clean the mess when I poop all over the floor in 20 minutes!" I do go out with friends, but stick to things like soda and apple sauce and baked potatoes. You will get used to it or just learn what to eat where. Sometimes I just grin at idiots, and say nothing, that makes them nervous. Good luck!

 
Sarah

said this on
27 Sep 2011 11:12:52 AM PST
Yes the convenience of fast food or eating out is wonderful. However, the complications that can arise are different for each person with celiac. There is a very broad spectrum of this disease and if you know anything at all from research, you should know that contamination is the variable with not eating at home. Those who are not cautious when it comes to their children's lives, should be taught better on this horrible disease. That poor child will only get worse as time goes by and it's no ones fault but the parents! That's like Russian Roulette with a precious life. Either way celiac is nothing to joke about or take casually. It IS serious!!

 
Heather

said this on
07 Feb 2012 5:50:11 PM PST
As a person who suffers from being gluten intolerant... just diagnosed in the last 3 months, I am new to this whole thing, but I work at Chipotle, and we do our best. We will change gloves without any difficulty. It is our policy to make sure that we do everything that we can. At my restaurant we will even change spoons, and get new pans of anything needed. It may take but longer to get through the line, but we will help.

I hope this helped.

 
Cassie C.

said this on
18 Feb 2012 1:01:16 AM PST
I tried to eat a salad at subway, clean gloves and all and I had a very bad reaction. I believe that there is probably wheat all over the veggies and meat from all the sandwiches being made with the same containers of items. I don't think people with celiac disease should eat there unless they make changes to where wheat couldn't get on the veggies from all the sandwiches that are made.

 
Kelsey

said this on
28 Feb 2012 3:19:19 PM PST
I have been living with celiac disease for the past 2 years and have found it so hard to go completely gluten free, even with the severe pain I get from it. I am a single girl going through college and find it hard to find affordable ways to get around gluten intake but I also know that what I am doing is killing me. Please can someone help. Any information you have would be wonderful.

 
just a thought

said this on
29 Feb 2012 8:05:35 AM PST
You know my husband actually worked at Wendys quite a few years ago and it is true, they put broken burgers in the chili, it was made wrong or it burned or it didnt sell at the end of the night, whatever the reason.

 
amy

said this on
12 Mar 2012 11:39:59 AM PST
my husband and possibly one of my sons has celiac . I get very burned out making a menu, reading every package in the grocery store, and then preparing their meals from scratch. We have tried fast food dining only to see them have symptom after. Although it is easier to go somewhere to eat , we still have to ask about ingredients and hope we are told the truth. I finally decided that when I am too whipped from a long day to even want to think about cooking, I can get my husband to make scrambled eggs and toast or something else sorta simple for dinner and it won't be long until my son can cook too. I'd rather get burned out from constant gluten searching than have to bury one of these guys . My husband was violently ill for three straight days and had to go to the ER for IVs. We couldn't figure out what was wrong since we are as gluten free as possible. Turns out his visit to the dentist was the culprit. There was wheat in the fluoride treatment! That crap is everywhere!!

 
Catherine

said this on
02 Apr 2012 2:19:35 PM PST
I am a celiac and so is our daughter. Thankfully there are dollar stores that carry gluten free products (sometimes needles in a haystack) and they vary in the products I find. Just found some gluten free tortillas for $.50 a bag. Big Lots is another store I sometimes find products. Fred Meyer stores, Safeway, Albertsons, Marlene's Market, Grocery Outlet Bargin Market. I love Cappy's produce market everything is so fresh. Winco I have found Udi's breads. They taste the best. For those who are struggling with ideas search the web so many ideas on recipes. I have been living completely gluten free for 10 years. Our daughter is 9 years old. We had her tested when she was 4. The best thing we could have done for her to live a healthy life. I have found that Mexican resturants don't mind being celiac friendly. We haven't had any problems. Red Robin has gluten free hamburger buns and they are good. I am proactive for our healthy life for good reasons living healthy and happy.

 
Scoob

said this on
30 May 2012 7:22:48 AM PST
I live in Australia and it sounds like our fast food regulations are far stricter than yours. Macca's and Burger king (called Hungry Jack's) both have dedicated fryers for their fries, and the oil does not contain any "beef" flavouring which appears to be listed on the US ingredients. My sons have both worked there so they know all about it. Also they have strict rules on food handling at Macca's as they are not allowed to touch the food with their hands: burgers are assembled in the box using tongs for the buns so if you order a gluten-free burger you get just the patty (100%) beef and whatever sauce and salad that goes with it. They put it all in the box one step at a time and never touch the food with their hands. They then give you a knife and fork to eat it. The hash browns are also gluten-free.
Hungry Jack's are not so good with their patties and I have often found that I feel pretty gross after eating their burgers. I usually only order fries from them. I can't have any of the ice cream products from either place though because they contain wheat which your menu doesn't seem to have. Wouldn't it be nice if these companies could work out a menu that is best for everyone, your ice cream and our fries / patties? Our Subway is worse than useless as is just about every other place.

 
Adam

said this on
31 Jul 2012 4:57:49 PM PST
The Gluten Free Guide to Fast Food Restaurant has gluten free menu listings for over 42 international and domestic fast food restaurants.

 
Chicken_Math

said this on
20 Aug 2012 10:31:55 AM PST
Taco Bell has a new gluten-free item, The Cantina Bowl. It is tasty if you like lemon cilantro flavor.

 
Dennis

said this on
04 Sep 2012 1:27:51 AM PST
It does seem that fast food restaurants are catching on (even though nobody should eat most of it, it is a necessity at times) but my wife and daughter have had to be vigilant. I've had to make changes to the way I order too. Being paticular can sometimes be a pain, but if it saves days of discomfort to my family, I'd rather have someone roll their eyes than see and hear about how my girls feel for days. Both my wife and my 18 year old daughter are extremely sensitive, and have full celiac disease. Apparently, after you remove gluten from your diet, you become exponentially more sensitive. Crumbs are huge. Micro crumbs can't even be tolerated.

 
Kelly

said this on
28 Oct 2012 7:38:14 AM PST
My 12 year old son has had the worst stomach problems lately. It started right after school started back up and I didn't know what it was. He was having stabbing pains, loose stools and always an upset stomach. No one else in my family has celiac disease, so I never suspected it. We knew he had some allergies because since he was little he has had eczema. They have taken the samples and blood, but just in avoiding it while we wait for results he has been so much better. He has a great attitude, I am researching everything. We have other severe allergies in our house; peanuts send us to the ER. I guess it stands to make sense that they are related somehow. We eat a lot of pasta and sandwiches. Where do you all find these gluten-free? We live in an urban area with chain grocery stores, but so far when I ask they have said no.

 
Chris

said this on
19 Feb 2013 4:19:31 PM PST
Jordan, allow me to take a kind stab at this. I'm 38 years old and was recently diagnosed with this awful celiac disease. For years I have had trouble, but I was never diagnosed. The amount of pain and surgeries I'm going through now proves what this can do to a body. For your daughter, please educate yourself more. Read and talk to her doctor. She may have a mild case now but it might get worse as she gets older and if you educate yourself now, life will easier for her. If you don't take all of the advice everyone is giving you, you are just hurting her...

 
Paul

said this on
22 Mar 2013 9:34:07 PM PST
All the people responding to Jordan are very unhelpful. List your experiences with gluten-free fast food. Don't feed the troll.

 
Anon

said this on
17 Jun 2013 7:07:27 PM PST
I agree with what Paul says, but all of you commenters still need to understand that changing gloves and having special plates to put your food on is a false sense of protection that you've more than likely been very lucky with. Unless you are eating at a dedicated gluten-free facility, each establishment should still be listing the disclaimer that they cannot guarantee anything on their menu is completely free of gluten. You are forgetting product placement in coolers and shared space of menu items on prep tables. Your lettuce may have been chopped on a surface contaminated with crumbs because the employees are not trained to function as a gluten-free facility. It's still a roll of the dice regardless.

 
Celiac Jacki

said this on
09 Sep 2013 3:24:55 PM PST
I like what another poster said (and I'm paraphrasing, here...)

If you are concerned, or if there is a question about the safety of your food, don't eat out. Simple as that.

Yes, it's challenging to always have homemade options on hand, and I do miss the convenience of being able to grab a quick bite, but that's the nature of this disease. Sorry!




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