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Posted on: Tue, 03/05/2002 - 12:36am
DRobbins's picture
Joined: 07/19/2001 - 09:00

Assuming that your gut feeling that the problem is the grease from the french fries is on target, is it possible that your daughter is allergic to soy and reacting to the soybean oil I assume the fast food places use to make fries? Soy is a legume, like peanuts, so it's not impossible for your daughter to have become sensitive to soy.
Most people who are allergic to soy are able to tolerate soybean oil and soy lecithin, since there's little or no soy protein in those products, but certainly there are some people for whom soy oil and lecithin are a problem.
Just an idea,

Posted on: Tue, 03/05/2002 - 7:51am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

I think the McDonald's restaurants in Canada are safe. There are no loose nuts behind the counter and if someone wants nuts on their sundae, they are handed out in an individual wrapped bag. And there are no M&Ms or Butterfingers in the McFlurry toppings in Canada.. the toppings are nut-free products such as Smarties, Coffee Crisp, etc.. Although the best way to be sure is to ask the manager at your local McDonalds.

Posted on: Tue, 03/05/2002 - 8:32am
CVRTBB's picture
Joined: 11/23/2001 - 09:00

Please be sure to check the label on the cookies that are packed with every "Happy Meal" they have the "May Contain" warning. My pa children have never had a problem with McD's so far and know that the cookies are out.

Posted on: Wed, 03/06/2002 - 11:28am
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When I inquire at MacDonald's about ingredients, I read the ingredients list when there is one available and then ask them what kind of oil they use for the fries. On a variety of occasions, at different MacDonald's I have been told that they use a generic vegetable oil that is not identified as a specific oil, simply vegetable oil.

Posted on: Tue, 03/19/2002 - 5:03pm
Lari Bowen's picture
Joined: 07/29/2001 - 09:00

Thank you for your suggestion regarding a soy allergy. It is really such a strange thing to react to, French-fry grease. I've got a file on all the phone calls and break-down of ingredients. I will discuss soy allergy with our allergist. In the past my daughter has shown sensitivity to soy from an allergy test. We were told it was not significant and not to avoid Soy. With that in thought we have purchased something call Soy Wonder for her (the soy ingredients are: roasted soybeans, expeller pressed soy oil, soy protein isolate) she eats this without any problems. I would think that she is tolerating Soy proteins. But, then again anytime I think I have something figured out... it all changes. Anyway the stuff tastes very similar to Peanut Butter, but it's soy. It's not only safe, but also fun, and much healthier than PB. She eats SB&J sandwiches with Daddy. That way my husband can satisfy his craving w/o actually eating PB. Of course, we talk about the differences between SB and PB and how this is ONLY in our house. Everything in other houses is PB and is very dangerous.

Posted on: Wed, 03/20/2002 - 4:44am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Tread carefully with the Soy Wonder. I noticed a few weeks ago that they had a product called Peanut Wonder. When I called the company, they told me they are made on shared equipment, and the man I spoke to really couldn't give me any info on how the machines were cleaned, etc. When I mentioned that this could be a problem, especially since the label clearly states "no nuts", his reponse was, "You know, you're right" (insert amazed tone here). Needless to say I was a bit miffed.
Of all the soy butters we've tried, I think this one tastes the most like peanut butter. Let's hope there's no good reason for it!

Posted on: Wed, 03/20/2002 - 5:17am
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

I wondered if you have considered the cross contamination factor?
is your daughter allergic to eggs?/sesame?
(In the uk all happy meal chicken nuggets contain eggs)
as with all restaurants the risk of cross contamination is high.
that said mac's is the only place we go to with our family, they do have a policy of no nuts over here. So at least on that score we are ok. but hey, the goals always change dont they?!!!!
bye sarah

Posted on: Thu, 03/21/2002 - 6:02am
Gavinsmom's picture
Joined: 03/21/2002 - 09:00

Hi - I'm just visiting your board because my son has a possible pa. However, I wanted to let you know that at my McDonald's they have started handing out the peanut topping in a seeled package rather than applying it themselves and getting them all over the other food.
mom to Gavin, allergic to egg,wheat,milk,soy and peanut?

Posted on: Thu, 04/11/2002 - 11:02am
Sue's picture
Joined: 02/13/1999 - 09:00

bringing this over from the main discussion board:
nonutsforus Member Posts: 2
Registered: Mar 2002
posted April 11, 2002 04:16 p.m.
I was sad to find out this morning that McDonalds Blueberry muffins are made in a plant that manufactures peanuts. The manager was nice enough to pull the box label before we bought one to be sure it was peanut free, and on the bottom of the label it had "the warning". Ugh! Is nothing safe ?

Posted on: Fri, 05/24/2002 - 1:41am
Love my C's picture
Joined: 04/03/2002 - 09:00

Just wanted to mention for the "soy allergic" that the McDonald's hamburger buns have soy in them, not soy oil, but soy. I just spoke with the Nutrition Dept. at the corporate office who gave me this information. My son had a mild reaction after eating a 1/3 of a McDonald's hamburger for the 1st time. He was scratching his entire arm furiously within a 1/2 hour after eating. He's never had a problem with their fries cooked in soybean oil. Here is a link to their listing of food allergens in McDonald's Foods from their website:


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