Help with fast food (new mom)

Posted on: Mon, 02/03/2003 - 3:33pm
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My daughter was only diagnosed 2 weeks ago so I'm just learning what is safe. Can we ever eat fast food? What about pizza? I know Chick-Fil-A is bad, but how about McDonalds? Burger King? Subway? Thanks for your help!

Posted on: Mon, 02/03/2003 - 10:21pm
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Being an adult who only developed my nut & sesame allergy 3 yrs ago, I would say that I normally keep away from all "fast food" establishments. This is for a variety of reasons (well, one main one is to protect myself :eek [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] :-
+ there is a high risk of cross-contamination
+ the staff are (generally) not very well informed with regards to allergies etc. and ingredients (apologies to anyone who I may have maligned here)
+ the food is, on the whole, not very healthy.
HOWEVER, I *do* have one exception (and I live in the UK) : this is Pizza Express. ([url]http://www.pizzaexpress.com[/url]). They are very good with their labelling of dishes and are very understanding if you tell them on arrival that there is a potential risk to you or someone in your party. Their "sister" restaurant - Cafe Pasta - is the same.

Posted on: Tue, 02/04/2003 - 12:01am
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Hi Delia, Welcome.
My daughter is 8, and has eaten at all the major fast food restaurants without any problems at all. She also regularly eats pizza. We avoid the obvious high risk foods, such as cookies from Subway. Otherwise, Leah has full choice from the menus and we feel very safe. In my opinion the big risk from pizza would be cross contamination with pine nuts from pesto pizza - if your child has a tree nut allergy. (Or peanuts from a Thai style pizza in a "fancy" place.) We have never had this occur, thank goodness.
My comfort zone is looser than some others, but I want you to know that it is possible for at least some kids to eat fast food without a problem. This allergy is scary and over whelming at first. Good luck finding what works for your family!
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

Posted on: Tue, 02/04/2003 - 9:56am
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Thank you both. It is overwhelming. I initially thought that by reading labels compulsively we would be OK - the idea that labels are inaccurate and most restaurants have some kind of nut product is pretty horrifying. Do you get used to all of this eventually?

Posted on: Wed, 02/05/2003 - 1:28am
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Hi Delia! We eat fast food MAYBE once per week, but when we do it's McDonald's burgers, only. French fries, at any restaurant IMO, are "risky," so we've just told our daughter that fries can be cooked in peanut oil; do not eat them, and ditto the chicken. Besides, they're terrible for her. The burgers aren't perfect, but at least they have a couple food groups! We're very lucky in that she's easy-going, and not in the least a fussy eater. Good luck!

Posted on: Wed, 02/05/2003 - 1:44am
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Hello
I think you will find that everyone has their own comfort zone on this. We are in Canada and my daughter eats anything she wishes at McDonalds (the oil used is not peanut here, the McFlurry's use only peanut free candies and chocolates and the only possible source of peanuts are the sundaes where the peanuts are handed out in small plastic packages).
We also eat at Subway, although my daughter is not really a sandwich fan. We have found a pizza chain called Pizza Pizza (based in Ontario, Canada) and have never had a problem with their pizza. Call around to find a local pizza restaurant that is aware of allergies - you may be able to find one. We also eat Kentucky Fried Chicken, which my daughter loves, without any problems.
We do not go to Dairy Queen (just too many peanuts around for my comfort zone) nor do we eat Chinese Food as most places I have found use one or two common woks and most have some sort of peanut flavour dish.
Take it one step at a time, ask lots of questions and you will find your own comfort zone.
take care
deb

Posted on: Wed, 02/05/2003 - 4:21am
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I have talked to customer relations of McDonalds and was told that there french fries were o.k. They fry them in Soybean oil and are kept seperately in their own frying bin. We have not had them because my two year old has multiple food allergies, so I am really nervous about it, but as far as the peanut thing I would feel safe eating there. Good Luck!!

Posted on: Thu, 02/06/2003 - 2:57am
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We only go to Wendy's. To my knowledge that have nothing peanut. We don't go to McDonald's for fear of cross-contamination from McFlurry ingredients (e.g., Butterfinger pieces). We live in MN.

Posted on: Fri, 02/07/2003 - 8:43am
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I feel kinda guilty going to a fast food place with my 3 year old since he can't have ANY of it (he's allergic to gluten, dairy, and peanuts), so his older brother and I decided to give up on fast food so as to not "out" the 3 year old.
What we do instead, and it is more expensive and is more of a hassle since it doesn't come with a drive-thru, is go to Boston Market. But, it's certainly healthier and has a much nicer feel to it if we eat there. Plus, we get individualized service since the managers know us and know exactly how to serve us.
What my 3 year old eats is the chicken. The managers are always willing to prepare the veggies specially for him without butter, but he's 3 and been nixing veggies lately. The managers really do try to accomodate my son's allergies. I highly doubt we would get that at a fast food place.
Boston Market injects its chickens to get that juiciness, but their corporate office assurred me it was peanut, dairy, and gluten free. We've been eating at several local Boston Market restaurants for a year without any problems. Hope this helps. Warmly, Julie B.

Posted on: Tue, 02/11/2003 - 3:29am
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JulieB...
I have been wanting to take my two year old there. Did they mention what they inject the chicken with and what is in the skin. He is also allergic to dairy and many other things. Any info would be great.

Posted on: Tue, 02/11/2003 - 6:00am
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I've been impressed with Boston Market because they will show you what the ingredients are in everything. This doesn't tell you about cross contamination, of course, but at least it's a starting point. Miriam

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