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Gluten Free Menu Options At Mcdonalds And Wendys


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#1 GFCahleen

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 11:12 AM

I've only known that I have celiac disease for one month, so eating gluten-free is still pretty new to me. I was looking at McDonalds and Wendys websites to see which menu items are gluten free. Both websites had detailed ingredient lists stating which menu items are gluten-free. Here are the website links.

McDonald's gluten-free menu options:
http://nutrition.mcd...edientslist.pdf

Wendy's gluten-free menu options:
http://www.wendys.co...n_free_list.pdf
http://www.wendys.co...s/nutrition.pdf
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 11:16 AM

Coming from a Big MCDs fan prior to Diagnosis I say McDonalds sucks for not proving any real options for Celiac Sufferers. But I do love Wendys and get them at least once a week.
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 12:48 PM

IMO, the only safe thing at McDonalds is the packaged apples.
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 01:24 PM

I couldn't trust McDonalds before I got diagnosed with celiac disease.. How can I trust them now?...
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 04:36 PM

Hello,
I am newly diagnosed with Celiac. I was diagnosed in the beginning of the summer and I was craving the big mac (probably because I couldn't have it), well anyway I ordered it with out the bun in several different places and it was really good. Alot of the Mcdonalds employees don't understand the no bun thing and it can get frustrating but they do try to accommodate me. Well I had gone to the McDonalds in Cinnaminson NJ and ordered the big mac with no bun and they had never done it before either. Well they asked and questioned a little bit but did not give me a problem and they made it in a saled bowl. It was really good!! What they did was alot of lettuce,lots of pickles, the cheese, special sauce onions and the patties. They did an amazing job and they did not give me an attitude! My mom was with me and she is writing Mcdonalds suggesting that they should make a big mac salad for Celiacs.
So if you ever feel like a big mac it's really good, and you can suggest them to ask for it like a salad and hopefully soon it will be a salad!!
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 05:47 PM

I don't trust McDonald's to make a bunless burger unless I was standing right there and was watching them. They have messed up too many times or else they look at me like I have two heads. We eat their fries on a regular basis and have no problems. We also have shakes.
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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:18 AM

I don't trust McDonald's to make a bunless burger unless I was standing right there and was watching them. They have messed up too many times or else they look at me like I have two heads. We eat their fries on a regular basis and have no problems. We also have shakes.


Just as a precaution for you, I was looking on the list of ingredients provided for McDonalds and their fries are NOT gluten free. They use a natural beef flavoring on their fries and that flavoring contains hydrolyzed wheat as a starting ingredient. Burger King's fries, on the other hand, do not have that flavoring on them and are gluten free (as long as you make sure they have a dedicated french fry frier and scooper and that no onion rings sneak their way into the fries!). I personally don't chance fast food fries, but I know people who eat the BK ones all the time and do not get sick!
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Posted 25 September 2009 - 04:27 PM

I would NEVER trust McD's... maybe Wendy's if it wasn't busy and I could watch everything being done. Here's the gluten-free list for Canada :) http://www.wendys.ca...n_free_list.pdf
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Posted 26 September 2009 - 05:41 AM

Just as a precaution for you, I was looking on the list of ingredients provided for McDonalds and their fries are NOT gluten free. They use a natural beef flavoring on their fries and that flavoring contains hydrolyzed wheat as a starting ingredient. Burger King's fries, on the other hand, do not have that flavoring on them and are gluten free (as long as you make sure they have a dedicated french fry frier and scooper and that no onion rings sneak their way into the fries!). I personally don't chance fast food fries, but I know people who eat the BK ones all the time and do not get sick!


While McD does list wheat in their fries, the fries have been independently tested and have shown NO measurable level of gluten. Even CSA, which is extremely cautious and even alarmist sometimes, agrees there is no measurable gluten in the fries.

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 02:18 PM

I know this is really late, but Chick-fil-A fries are really good, and safe.
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Posted 05 July 2010 - 08:53 PM

I know this is really late, but Chick-fil-A fries are really good, and safe.



My daughter often has the chili cheese fries from Carls Jr also very good.
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Posted 08 July 2010 - 12:20 AM

My daughter often has the chili cheese fries from Carls Jr also very good.


Do they use dedicated fryers? We don't have them here but I remember going to one in CA. I used to get my daughter the chicken stars. That was before we knew of her allergies. Pretty sure they have wheat in them.
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Posted 09 July 2010 - 12:06 PM

My daughter often has the chili cheese fries from Carls Jr also very good.


Are you sure the fryers are dedicated? They aren't at Hardee's, which is essentially the same place.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 01:15 PM

Hello,
I am newly diagnosed with Celiac. I was diagnosed in the beginning of the summer and I was craving the big mac (probably because I couldn't have it), well anyway I ordered it with out the bun in several different places and it was really good. Alot of the Mcdonalds employees don't understand the no bun thing and it can get frustrating but they do try to accommodate me. Well I had gone to the McDonalds in Cinnaminson NJ and ordered the big mac with no bun and they had never done it before either. Well they asked and questioned a little bit but did not give me a problem and they made it in a saled bowl. It was really good!! What they did was alot of lettuce,lots of pickles, the cheese, special sauce onions and the patties. They did an amazing job and they did not give me an attitude! My mom was with me and she is writing Mcdonalds suggesting that they should make a big mac salad for Celiacs.
So if you ever feel like a big mac it's really good, and you can suggest them to ask for it like a salad and hopefully soon it will be a salad!!

So the special sauce is gluten free? I stopped at Mac's with a friend for coffee and saw a sign showing a Big Mac. Oh how I miss that special sauce. I just may try one without the bun myself.

My DIL always orders burgers without buns because she tries to stick to the Atkins diet. I really feel she is gluten intolerant (has psoriasis) but I'm not preaching my diet to anyone. If she asks me about it, I will give it a plug. She always says she feels better when she doesn't eat carbs of any kind. I wonder if it is really only the gluten ones that bother her.

My DD says she limits dairy and wheat. I also think she can give up both but she has to come to that decision herself.
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Posted 09 July 2010 - 01:36 PM

Our Hardee's has dedicated fryers, and the fries are gluten free. They also offer a bunless burger which is gluten free, but you do need to watch and make sure they wipe down the prep counter first and change gloves and stuff. But they have been willing to do it for me several times, and it's a good big burger, all wrapped in lettuce leaves. They have a lot of info on their website too.
http://www.hardees.c...ergen_Guide.pdf
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