McDonalds Gluten Free Menu
McDonald’s does not publish a gluten free menu so you will have to read their ingredient list to determine which of their food items do not contain gluten. The list goes into detail but be sure to read it completely. The list can be confusing right from the top. When the list is talking about the complete sandwich or menu item, there are no warnings. An example of this is :
Big Mac®: 100% Beef Patty, Big Mac Bun, Pasteurized Process American Cheese, Big Mac Sauce, Lettuce, Pickle Slices, Onions
The obvious problem here is the bun. Now if you scroll down the list to the individual items you will see this:
Big Mac® Bun: Enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid, enzymes), water, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, soybean oil and/or partially hydrogenated soybean oil, contains 2% or less of the following: salt, calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, wheat gluten, ammonium sulfate,ammonium chloride, dough conditioners (sodium stearoyl lactylate, datem, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated monoglycerides, monocalcium phosphate, enzymes, guar gum, calcium peroxide, soy flour), calcium propionate and sodium propionate (preservatives), soy lecithin, sesame seed.
CONTAINS: WHEAT AND SOY.
Some people say that McDonalds gluten free is a joke and the cross contamination issues are too risky. I agree that eating gluten free at McDonalds is not easy but the best way to protect yourself is to educate yourself!
There is a hot debate as to the status of gluten in McDonald’s french fries. Their ingredient list states there is wheat in the beef flavoring on their fries but others say that independent testing did not find gluten in the finished product. My spouse is highly sensitive to gluten and she has been able to eat the fries without any side effects. You need to do your research on this topic and make your own decision before consuming their food.
Check this link often as the list may change from time to time. McDonald’s also provides nutrition information for their products. Please share your experiences at eating gluten free at McDonald’s by leaving a comment below.