Dude note: This is not a “Dude on his pedestal” post telling everyone about the evils of McDonald’s. We all know they’re crap. (Yet…my senior year in high school, I ate at least 113 Big Macs. Ahh…youth.)
Anyway, what this post is about is their French Fries. And not just about whether they are gluten free or not, but about the risk celiacs are willing to take to eat certain foods.
I follow a specific celiac support group on Facebook. There’s some good info. Some bad info. Some fear mongering. Basically what we’ve come to expect. The other day, someone posted something about eating McDonald’s French Fries and feeling awful the next day. My first reaction was “You’re a celiac and you’re eating at McDonald’s??”
But then I realized that some chains supposedly do gluten-free right and maybe I shouldn’t be such a judgmental turd.
So I went on the McDonald’s website and looked up their fries. And there it is, clear as day: CONTAINS: WHEAT AND MILK.
I was actually surprised the first ingredient was potatoes. Who would thunk it??
Yes, there has been some controversy about these fries within the community. They’re supposedly safe in Canada but not in the U.S. But independent testing has shown them to come in below 20ppm in the U.S. But do they use a dedicated fryer? Some locations may and some may not.
My point? It’s a huge risk for a celiac to eat their fries.
And what is the reward? [crickets]
So yesterday, I posted on my Facebook page my thoughts on the person eating the fries. It was not a direct attack mind you and of course no names were mentioned. I simply said “A little common sense and education goes a long way toward feeling good. Don’t be your own worst enemy.”
Good friendly advice right? Well not everyone took it as so friendly.
Some thought I was being way too harsh.
Some thought I was simply wrong and will continue to eat McDonald’s French Fries.
Some thought McDonald’s was a no go, but Wendy’s, Chick Fil A, etc. were ok.
And then there was this stinger: “Goddamn. I’m glad I’m not a member of this group. What a bunch of judgmental a**holes. This nasty attitude is not only unhelpful, it’s harmful. How do you think being mean could be otherwise?”
Who was being mean? How is telling the truth being an a**hole?
Here’s the bottom line folks. You walk into almost any fast food joint, you are taking a gamble with your health. Even if they claim to be gluten-free, there are simply too many risks involved.
And again I ask, what is the reward? [still crickets]
Let’s say for argument sake their fries are gluten-free. Great, you say. Well, here are a few quotes from people who have actually worked at McDonald’s:
So there you have it. Even when it “might” be gluten-free, it seriously “might not” be.
Eating gluten-free is a gigantic pain it the butt. But it ain’t rocket science folks.
Please use good judgment and keep yourself healthy.
No reward is worth the risk.
February 2019 Update: McDonald’s has announced their fries are now cooked in the same fryer as their new Donut Sticks. Case now definitely closed.