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Fast Food French Fries...is Anywhere Safe?

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The only place I've let my kids have french fries is Chick fil a, but they seem to still react. This was the one place I thought was safe after talking to the manager. I know cc is always a risk, so maybe they are just really sensitive. I did also just read that they could have soybean oil, so it could be that. I don't know, but I guess our fast food days are completely over now. Not a huge deal, I guess we could just get drinks and still let them play in the germ ridden plastic tubes, lol.

Do any of you do fast food fries????


Tamara, mom to 4 gluten & casein free kiddos!

Age 11 - Psoriasis

Age 8- dx'd Celiac March 2005

Age 6- gluten-free/cf, allergy related seizures

Age 4 - reflux, resolved with gluten-free/cf

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since that McDonalds "scare" we've made our own fries. We bought a cheap deep fryer, and just throw cut up potatoes in the olive oil and let them fry.

i think they taste better than the FF ones, plus they're healthier

i don't eat at ANY Fast Food restaruant EVER.


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McDonalds French fries do containe wheat. The Culvers and Burger King website both say their french fries do not conatin wheat. That said I react to everything at Burger King but seem to be Ok at Culvers!

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In and Out french fries are gluten free but are only available if you live in California, Nevada or Arizona. I am not sure what kind of oil they use.


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In N Out has a dedicated fryer for their french fries and they use 100% vegetable oil. Their french fries are also just sliced potatoes.

You can also get their burgers "protein style" where it's wrapped in lettuce. They can't guarantee their special sauce is gluten free, but everything else but the bun is safe. You can also get the "flying dutchman" which is two burger patties with cheese as the "wrap".

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There's a constant debate about whether McDonald's fries are gluten-free or not...they don't actually contain wheat but there has been a lot of issues with that, you could probably search the page and see that debate taking place on the board. I've eaten at Chick-fil-a several times without getting sick, they have a seperate fryer for their fries...so maybe your children have an allergy with something in the oil? I've heard of several Wendy's having dedicated fryers, as does Steak and Shake. I'm sure there are several places, some Burger Kings...just have to call and ask if they share fryers! I know that small towns generally are more willing to work with you. The Wendy's in my town knows me by name and have since switched to a dedicated fryer...not completely for me but just because it is a bit healthier! I'm not sure if it's a good thing that my Wendy's knows me by name...perhaps I should cut back a bit :blink:

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McDonalds French fries do containe wheat.

McDonalds Fries are gluten free. There is a small amount of wheat in the beginning par-fry process, but there is no gluten in the end product. They have been tested by a third party and they are gluten-free.

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McDonald's Media Statement - 02/20/2006

McDonald's Fries are "Gluten and Allergen Free," According to Expert


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Just thought I'd add that In-N-Out's fries are made in Cottonseed Oil.

Kassandra


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My celiac disease child reacted to McD FF before all the debate was started, he won't eat them period. And from his painful experience won't eat any, not even ones I make. The McD debates gets me b/c the US has set NO standard as to what is gluten-free and what is not. Many adults will tell you some are super sensitive to minute particles and others are tolerant of some. But any gluten exposure in a celiac disease child is dangerous in my opinion, the risk for long term disease is too high.

Chic fil a uses peanut oil.

BK here has separate fryers, but I spoke w the manager and she told me the other frier was right next to it and cc was a big problem.

Eating out is just dangerous, salads can be contaminate w disease, food might contain unknown allergens, is it really worth it?

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My celiac disease child reacted to McD FF before all the debate was started, he won't eat them period. And from his painful experience won't eat any, not even ones I make. The McD debates gets me b/c the US has set NO standard as to what is gluten-free and what is not. Many adults will tell you some are super sensitive to minute particles and others are tolerant of some. But any gluten exposure in a celiac disease child is dangerous in my opinion, the risk for long term disease is too high.

Chic fil a uses peanut oil.

BK here has separate fryers, but I spoke w the manager and she told me the other frier was right next to it and cc was a big problem.

Eating out is just dangerous, salads can be contaminate w disease, food might contain unknown allergens, is it really worth it?

yes. it's not realistic to think you or your children will never want ot eat out. you can't be a hermit just because you have celiac and you shouldn't expect your children to never want to eat out. almost every fast food place has a safe green only side salad. and there are other options at places like wendy's and chipotle and in and out


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I don't trust McDonalds fries. They didn't even admit to adding beef flavoring (which also has wheat) till recently. I would be nervous about the wheat in the flavoring as well as CC from the other breaded products that are fried there.

IN & OUT would be a great alternative (if you have one near you) because they have such a simple menu. Plain potatoes are the only thing they fry there.


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Unfortunately, I am so sensitive that I continuously react at any and all places that serve fries. My reactions are pretty horrible, and for me, its not worth the 1 time out of 10 that I don't get sick. So no....french fries are definitely out for me.

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Not exactly fast food, but Red Robin has a dedicated french fryer so they're gluten-free. Sometimes I go there just for the fries :) There's nothing wrong with ordering three baskets of fries and a water, is there???


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for my family the only safe places for fries are Wendy's and in 'n' out, but we are also casein free as well and both react immediately when cc with dairy.


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**LOST 35 lbs since April 2007(much needed weight loss)**

ds(6 yrs)- gluten-free since 3/19/07; casein free 5/2/07;soy free 10/07

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new dx= Hirschsprungs Disease w/cecostomy

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Hubby: refuses to eat Gluten-free Casein-free except for dinner

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If I remember correctly, their fries themselves are safe. But because each store doesn't always have a dedicated fryer, its not on the gluten-free list....its up to each person at each location to make the decision based on the store's practices......I think thats the last I heard?

http://www.wendys.com/food/pdf/us/allergen_list.pdf

(I will stand corrected if wrong :))

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The only place I've let my kids have french fries is Chick fil a, but they seem to still react. This was the one place I thought was safe after talking to the manager. I know cc is always a risk, so maybe they are just really sensitive. I did also just read that they could have soybean oil, so it could be that. I don't know, but I guess our fast food days are completely over now. Not a huge deal, I guess we could just get drinks and still let them play in the germ ridden plastic tubes, lol.

Do any of you do fast food fries????

I think each state is different, here in Ohio McDonalds uses the same oil that they fry their chicken nuggets in, and someone said Red Robin has a different fryer for fries so they are gluten free, Not the Red Robin in Washington PA they have NOTHING on their menu there that is gluten free. When we want fries we buy Oreida shoestring fries and fry those up. If you go to their website and go under F & A they will tell you which of their fries are gluten free.


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Husband diagnosed with Celiac 4/2006

Positive blood test, verified through biopsy

We have four children (no signs yet) Knock on wood

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Someone posted on the gluten-free/cf yahoo group that Chick Fil A actually bread their own products in the store. Has anyone else heard this before?? That would definately explain why my kids seem to react, if there is flour floating around in the air. I spoke with the manager at our local store, and he never mentioned this little tidbit, lol.


Tamara, mom to 4 gluten & casein free kiddos!

Age 11 - Psoriasis

Age 8- dx'd Celiac March 2005

Age 6- gluten-free/cf, allergy related seizures

Age 4 - reflux, resolved with gluten-free/cf

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I asked an employee at the BK near me and the fries are ok,But they use the same oil for the nuggets etc. They just switch the oil around.


Nicole- 3 yrs old Positive Celiac Blood test- 6/21/2006 //// Normal result: <20,,,Nicole-80

Positive Biopsy for Celiac- 7/17/2006

Gluten-Free Since - 7/22/2006

Alivia- 7 years- old Positive Celiac blood test-Aug. 2006////Normal result:<4,,,Alivia-32.

Biopsy showed positive for Celiac Disease and moderate to severe damage (Blood Work for both girls were done in different labs that is why they are different)

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Not exactly fast food, but Red Robin has a dedicated french fryer so they're gluten-free. Sometimes I go there just for the fries :) There's nothing wrong with ordering three baskets of fries and a water, is there???

I suppose it depends on where you live. At our red robins, they have offered to make me the fries w/out the seasoning salt, but then I asked, and they told me they cook them in the same oil as everything else :( Besides, they wouldn't taste as good w/out the seasoning! So I just make my own. I think I might react to the frying process of fries, the fat or something. I eat at chickfila, and I just ate today for the first time at Wingers! Bunless burger and fries! Yum!


Sweetfudge

Born and raised in Portland, OR; Currently living in Provo, UT

Gluten-free since June 2006

Also living with Hypoglycemia since 1991

Dairy-free for good since summer 2008

Started IBS diet and probiotics at GI's recommendation - Fall 2008

Also avoiding: potatoes, beans, crucifers, popcorn, most red meat, coconut milk :(

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I've been told by somebody that has done this . . . Cheeseburger in Paradise will pan fry some fries for you since they don't have a dedicated fryer. Once again, this is not a fast food place, but might be worth asking at some of the other (non fast food) restaurants.


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