Friday, December 16, 2011

Gluten Free at McDonald's

Edited on August 17,2012. I received a comment which I have chosen to publish. One reader stated that they believe that McDonalds french fries contain gluten.
I checked McDonald's canadian website today for the updated list of ingredients and have pasted the list here:

French Fries
French Fries: Potatoes, canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, safflower oil, natural flavour (vegetable source),
dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain colour), citric acid (preservative), dimethylpolysiloxane (antifoaming agent) and cooked in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with THBQ, citric acid and dimethylpolysiloxane).
Salt: Salt, silicoaluminate, dextrose, potassium iodide.

Hey readers....from the above listing which ingredient do you think contains gluten?
Please reply in the comment section. I would appreciate input from readers. thx.


Original Post :

I sent in a request to McDonald's in order to find out which of their foods are gluten free and this is the list that they sent to me. They also wanted to remind me that they don't manage their restaurants in a way that ensures that the foods with gluten have not touched the gluten free items, therefore their list included only the items that don't have gluten listed as one of their initial ingredients.
Disclaimer-NOTE: Neither this blog nor I take any liability for this list. I would encourage anyone with  questions to contact McDonald's head office themselves for further details.

Items in McDonald's menu that do not contain gluten in the ingredients.

French Fries

Proteins: Beef Patties,,(NOT the angus beef burgers because of their seasonings)
Grilled Chicken
Condiments: ketchup, mustard, pickles, McChicken sauce,Tartarsauce and Mayonnaise-style sauce
(NOT the BigMac Sauce)
Cheeses: processed cheddar cheese slices,jalapeno Monterey Jack Slices,
 Natural Cheddar Slices,Shredded Cheese blend.
Produce: shredded lettuce,leaf lettuce,slivered onions, reconstituted onions,red onions,tomatoes,
Produce: Salad mixes, grape tomatoes,shredded carrots, red peppers,red onions,cucumbers,olives
Cheeses: shaved parmesan,shredded Monterey Jack
Glazes: Parmesan Caesar,Thai
Dressings: Light Caesar,Greek Feta, Mighty Caesar,Ravin'Raspberry,Balsamic Vinaigrette

Misc: Apple slices with Caramel Dip

Breakfast: Eggs,Folded Eggs,Canadian Bacon,Sausage patty,Bacon Strips, egg mixture for Burritos
 (NOT the Burritos)
Parfait: Yoghurt,strawberries and blueberries (NOT the granola)


Sundaes: IceMilk,chocolate, strawberry,caramel peanuts
TripleThickShake: IceMilkMix,chocolate,strawberry, and vanilla syrups

1% milk- both chocolate and white,apple juice,
soft drinks, coffee ,tea (including the milkersand the cream)
I don't know if this list includes their new specialty coffees in their McCafe's.

For more information contact their head office in your country.Canada's McDonald's head office mailing address is :
McDonald's Restaurants of Canada  Limited
McDonald's Place
M3C 3L4

Blessings to all those trying to reduce or eliminate gluten from their diet.


  1. Gluten free at McDonald's is ideal for eating for Celiacs and for people who want to be Gluten free.

  2. The fries are NOT gluten free. Read their list of ingredients, contain wheat. List is current as of July 2012.

  3. Canadian fries are gf fries from the us are not

  4. My Mom has had cealic sprue for almost 20 years and we eat at McDonalds regularly. The french fries have never bothered her. they are rolled in rice flour to brown otherwise they are just potatoes according to packing in an Iowa McDonalds Thanks. They brought a package out for us to look at ingredients.

  5. The ingredient list in the US includes natural beef flavor and a note that says "Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat". Any ingredient that contains "natural flavour" regardless of the source, could contain wheat as the flavor base.

  6. Are the fries open to cross-contamination as they are cooked in the same oil as gluten containing products?

    Just curious.

    1. Yes I am sure that if they cook the fries in same oil as all the breaded stuff then the oil is contaminated therefore not gluten free. I have never found a restaurant where I can have fries.they all use same oil; unless they would use a frying pan just for you . mobody want's to do that i guess us celiacs can;t have fries.

    2. This is late, but no. I work at a McDonald's, and the oil is separated and we change the oil between breakfast and lunch. Things such as McChicken's and Chicken McNuggets are cooked in separate oil.

  7. I have asked in Mc donalds and they say that the oil they use is only used for the fries. :)


  8. FRIES and HASHBROWNS in CANADA only are indeed GLUTEN FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I cannot stress this enough.

    McDonald's in CANADA has a different ingredient list than in the US because Canada has stricter food requirements. In the US, they use a specific flavouring on all of their fries, hashbrowns, and beef patties that contain MSG and, surprise surprise, WHEAT. But in Canada, there are MSG and other food restrictions that required Canadian McDonalds to change the flavouring to DISCLUDE MSG and traces of wheat.

    So yes, EVEN PATTIES are Gluten Free! (: Except for the Angus because (like stated above) it has a special flavouring that contains wheat.

    Also, I am Celiac and unlike most Celiac's who mostly experience gastro-intestinals symptoms, I also experience aggressive dermatitis reactions - so I avoid gluten like the plague!!! And I ALWAYS have fries and hashbrowns from McDonald's and I've never gotten a reaction! (:

    Hope this helps!

  9. are you saying that the french fries and the hamburgs without the buns are gluten fee.I know we can have the breakfast but with not english muffin. Please confirm that this is right

  10. Hi Anonymous, I just spoke with the McDonald's Canada people and yes they confirmed that the fries as well as the hamburgers without the bun are gluten free. However, you would need to be aware that the restaurant is not a certified gluten free facility and there is the possibility of gluten-containing foods have touched the gluten-free foods. They call it "cross contamination".
    For a really detailed list of ingredients for their Canadian food menu, here is a pdf that is up to date as of May 16, 2015
    You can also find their toll free number by clicking on their "contact us" icon on their website.
    Bon appetite.


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