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Bad Reaction To Gluten Free Food @ Wendy's
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I ordered a loaded baked potato and chilli and 15 minutes later i was in the bathroom :(  i know these items are gluten free i'm trying to figure out why i had this problem :rolleyes:  :rolleyes:  :rolleyes:  

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We can't eat the Chili at Wendys. We have tried different times over the years, and we have gotten sick everytime. To make the chili, they use the hamburger patties that are on the grill that don't get sold. (at least that is how they did it when I worked there back in the day).  Maybe they have changed their practices, but with the buns on the grill, they used to use the same spatula for the burgers and buns.  Maybe someone will know if they have new practices in place, but even if they do, we could never eat their chili (or their plain burgers). We only get the side salad, plain baked potatoe with sourcream, and their frosties.  Good luck. 

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Thanks I was wondering why i had such a bad reaction i assumed it was gluten free because they have it on their website

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It is likely against health dept rules to take an old cooked burger and serve it in chili. I do not let them open the potato and I get the butter and sour cream in the little packages. I put the chili on the baked potato.

Did you tell them you have a wheat allergy? I know Celiac isn't a wheat allergy, but that is something they understand. When I told one store that, they told me not to have the shredded cheese as they kept it too close to the buns and didn't feel it was safe for me.

Maybe just get an extra large Frostie next time? :)

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It is likely against health dept rules to take an old cooked burger and serve it in chili. I do not let them open the potato and I get the butter and sour cream in the little packages. I put the chili on the baked potato.

Did you tell them you have a wheat allergy? I know Celiac isn't a wheat allergy, but that is something they understand. When I told one store that, they told me not to have the shredded cheese as they kept it too close to the buns and didn't feel it was safe for me.

Maybe just get an extra large Frostie next time? :)

To be on the safe side i will just have a frosty and a side salad next time :D  :D

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I always get a baked potato when I go to Wendy's. Karen is right on the money on how to order it. Unopened, with everything on the side in packages, and making sure they understand you have a specific problem, such as an allergy. I also just say allergy at Wendy's because we aren't exactly dealing with the highest common denominator when we're talking to fast food employees. I also order chili, Frostys and on occasion fries without issue. I only order fries after talking to a manager, during down times, and if I am comfortable after my conversation (during which I have probably been able to see them make and serve fries).

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It is likely against health dept rules to take an old cooked burger and serve it in chili. I do not let them open the potato and I get the butter and sour cream in the little packages. I put the chili on the baked potato.

 

The hamburgers weren't old, but if there were extra on the grill that weren't selling, they had a pan on the back of the grill that the put the burgers in. They were later chopped up and made into chili for the next day. I used to make their chili

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I believe you, Darissa, I believe you!!

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The hamburgers weren't old, but if there were extra on the grill that weren't selling, they had a pan on the back of the grill that the put the burgers in. They were later chopped up and made into chili for the next day. I used to make their chili

 

I believe you, Darissa, I believe you!!

I was just trying to clarify my earlier post on the hamburgers and Chili. Like I said, Its been a while back :) Things could be different now!!

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They claim that some of their items have no gluten ingredients, and they may be gluten free.  I eat there often without issue.  ANY fast food is subject to a high probability of cross contamination.  So...it's a bit of  trial and error.  Try something once and if you feel sick after, don't eat there again. :)

The "loaded" baked potato could be too much sour cream and cheese.  Dairy is an issue with the newly diagnosed, sometime.

 

 

Many times, if you are newly diagnosed, ALL foods are a problem until healing can take place.

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Fast food is always iffy at best.  There is just too much possiblity of corss contamination.  Even the potato - Wheat hands may have handles it at some point.  Just not worth it, at least for me.   Now, a frosty?  I'll have one! 

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Many times, if you are newly diagnosed, ALL foods are a problem until healing can take place.

Ain't that the truth!
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I eat at Wendy's once a month or so, it's the one fast food place I've yet to have an issue with. I do the potato and chili, small Sprite :D It's funny how people can react at different places... I can't go NEAR McDonalds or BK anymore. Not such a bad thing I guess  ^_^

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It's great that everyone can share their personal experience.  Wendy's seems to work for some and other, not.  I do great and I choose well.

 

Find your own personal comfort zone, but dont fuss with the company.  They are what they are! :)

 

And I am excited that Wendy's has offered what they consider to be gluten free options, in the absence of a federal standard.  They are makin an effort.  I applaude them. :D

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Wendy's is my go to place to eat when travelling - chili or chili & potato. I have only gotten 'stung' once. Maybe they have changed their practices ? Dunno...but I am vey careful, pretty much gave up on eating out period, I am usually pretty sensitive. I carry food with me wherever I go - Wendy's is nice when I want to have something actually hot !

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I always ask them to put on clean gloves to fix my potato and chili. No one has ever minded and I've never had a problem later.

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I ordered a loaded baked potato and chilli and 15 minutes later i was in the bathroom :(  i know these items are gluten free i'm trying to figure out why i had this problem :rolleyes:  :rolleyes:  :rolleyes:  

 

I just don't trust Fast food at all. I think there is more of a chance of cross contamination.

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