Mickey D’s Gluten Free Menu

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I'm Gluten-Freein' It.

The most ubiquitous fast food restaurant can definitely help guide what all the other restaurants do.  In other words, if McDonald’s provides a comprehensive gluten-free menu, we can expect that from other restaurants as well.  You figure, over 70% (rough estimate) of the US lives within 5 miles of a McDonald’s.  And with the whole indoor (or outdoor) playground, Happy Meal, Ronald McDonald thing, of course children want to go there.  Also, as we all travel, we can count on a McDonald’s in every small town or Interstate exit we come to.

So, where do they stand on gluten free items?  If nothing else, you can be like us, milkshakes!  Their chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla shakes, or Triple Thick Shakes to be exact, are all gluten free.  I could stop there, as that’s all our children probably care about!  But we’re parents, so we nag.  McDonald’s actually does post a good allergen menu available here: http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/nutritionexchange/nutrition_ingredients.html.  When an allergen is in a product, they label it.  According to McDonald’s:

Allergens contained within these components are indicated in capital type at the end of each respective ingredient statement. We encourage customers to check these statements regularly as ingredients in menu items may change

When you go through the list of other gf items, many of them include condiments and syrups.  So you can fill your kids up on those!  You can also eat the sausage patties.  Or a plain hamburger patty.  Some other things include:

  • Apple Dippers and Low Fat Caramel Dip
  • American Cheese
  • Breakfast Beef Steak
  • Canadian Bacon
  • Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait (no granola)
  • Ice Cream Sundaes including nuts
  • McFlurry® with M&M’S® Candies
  • Sausage
  • Scrambled Egg
  • Caesar Salad w/o Chicken
  • Side Salad
  • Newman’s Own® Creamy Caesar Dressing
  • Newman’s Own® Cobb Dressing
  • Newman’s Own® Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Newman’s Own® Ranch Dressing
  • Newman’s Own® Salsa

What about the fries?  We know places like Chick-Fil-A and Five Guys are safe, as they fry their fries in dedicated fryers.  In other words, all those wheat nuggets, chicken patties, etc do not come in contact with the fries.  At McDonald’s?  The best advice is to ask the individual restaurant if they fry their fries in dedicated friers.  With McDonald’s, some will fault the oil as well.  My opinion–steer clear, or do what we do–bring some fries from Chick-Fil-A!

So definitely some options.  And really, any Celiac only wants a few options.  A sausage patty or hamburger patty to grind up in a salad.  A milkshake.  Ice cream.  Just some options, as Celiacs must travel too!

Image used under CC license by flickr user Leonid Mamchenkov’s

2 Comments to “Mickey D’s Gluten Free Menu”

  1. By Danielle, February 20, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    I’d double check the info about McD’s fries. Last time I looked, they contained a beef flavoring that contains wheat.

  2. By admin, February 20, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    Oh definitely. As the post suggests, we really don’t advise folks to eat anything much, except for maybe the milkshakes and apple slices. They still just cook everything together in the same fryers. Not good. Good to know about the beef flavoring too.

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