Find out if Wendy’s fries are safe for a gluten-free diet, and what other Wendy’s potato-based menu items are gluten-free.
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If you’re a fan of Wendy’s or have family members or friends who are, you may have found yourself scooting through the drive thru a time of two. One of the most popular menu items at most any fast food restaurant are the french fries.
At Wendy’s they have plain fries and a few varieties of dressed up french fries, like those slathered in cheese, chili, and bacon. These all sound delicious and extremely filling, but if you follow a gluten-free diet, you know you need to be careful about just about every ingredient that goes into your body.
We know that on a gluten-free diet, every single menu item needs to be looked at with a close eye, and even how the food is prepared needs to be reviewed before we can make a final choice on what to order.
In this post, find out what Wendy’s fries are made of and if they’re gluten-free. Plus find out if the fancy cheesy, chili-covered, and bacon-sprinkled varieties are gluten-free as well.
If you love Wendy’s fries, this post is for you!
What are Wendy’s fries made of?
The ingredients listed on Wendy’s website for their french fries are:
“Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Soybean, Canola, and/or Cottonseed Oils), Modified Food Starch (Potato, Corn, Tapioca), Rice Flour, Dextrin, Salt, Leavening (Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Dextrose, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate (To Promote Color Retention). Cooked In Vegetable Oil (Soybean Oil, Vegetable Oil [May Contain One Or More Of The Following: Canola, Corn, Or Cottonseed], Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Dimethylpolysiloxane [Anti-Foaming Agent]). Seasoned With Sea Salt. COOKED IN THE SAME OIL AS MENU ITEMS THAT CONTAIN WHEAT, MILK, AND FISH.
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What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in most wheat products, and acts as the “glue” that helps to hold wheat, barley, kamut, spelt, farro, durum, bulgur, rye, and semolina together to maintain their shape.
Gluten is naturally occurring, and therefore is impossible to strip away from the grain. If a grain naturally has gluten in it, there’s no way to make that food gluten-free.
Gluten is often added as a binding ingredient in many foods, and in French fries, it may be in a batter that is added to help get a French fry to be more crispy on the outside.
Are Wendy’s fries gluten-free?
Wendy’s french fries do not contain any gluten-containing ingredients, however they are cooked in vegetable oil in fryers that share the same oil with wheat, milk, and fish.
If you’re following a gluten-free diet and trace amounts of gluten affect your body, Wendy’s fries should be avoided due to the possibility of cross contamination with gluten in the fryers.
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Are Wendy’s fries dairy-free?
Wendy’s fries do not contain any milk products, but the company makes a statement that the fries are cooked in the same oil as other items on their menu that do contain milk.
If you have a dairy allergy, this is something to be aware of and likely avoid any of their menu items that come from the fryer.
If you have an intolerance to dairy, this trace amount may or may not affect you, so it’s best to know your level of sensitivity and make your decision based on what you know about your body.
Plain Wendy’s french fries don’t contain dairy, but if you are sticking with a dairy-free diet be sure not to order their baconator fries, chili cheese fries, or cheese fries. All of these menu options contain dairy.
Are Wendy’s baconator fries gluten-free?
Like the plain french fries from Wendy’s, their baconator fries do not have any wheat ingredients in the fries, cheese sauce, bacon, or shredded cheese.
However, because they use french fries cooked in shared fryers, there is a high likelihood of cross contamination with wheat during the cooking process from other menu items that have been cooked in the same oil.
Are Wendy’s chili cheese fries gluten-free?
There are no gluten ingredients in any of the chili cheese fries main ingredients. The chili, french fries, and shredded cheddar cheese all don’t have wheat or gluten, however since the fries are cooked in a shared fryer with ingredients that contain gluten, they aren’t considered gluten-free.
Know your body and its level of sensitivity to gluten before ordering this menu item. If trace amounts of gluten affect you, avoid these fries.
Are Wendy’s cheese fries gluten-free?
Wendy’s cheese fries come with french fries, a cheddar cheese sauce, and shredded cheddar cheese. All of these ingredients don’t contain gluten or wheat, but the fries are cooked in a shared fryer with other menu items that do have gluten.
If you’re on a gluten-free diet, be aware of your own level of sensitivity to gluten and decide what’s best for you and your body before ordering this menu item.
Are Wendy’s baked potatoes gluten-free?
We’ve found one menu item that actually is gluten-free! The plain baked potato from Wendy’s is gluten-free, contains just one ingredient (potato), and isn’t made in a shared fryer with other gluten ingredients.
In fact, all the baked potato options from Wendy’s are gluten-free. Other than the plain baked potato, the rest contain dairy, but all contain no gluten ingredients.
If you’ve been wondering if you can order the French fries at Wendy’s next time you’re craving fast food, I hope this post has helped you get the information you’ve been looking for.
While the fries themselves are safe for your gluten-free diet, the fact that they are made in shared fryers with other gluten ingredients makes them not a great choice. Opt for a plain baked potato to get your carb craving satisfied!