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MikeS
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Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 6:29 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If I'm out, and need to eat at a fast food joint, what's the safest picks?

I read McDonalds fries are bad due to seasoning, but what about burger king & wendy's fries?

If I order plain beef patties and fries and just use salt or mustard, would that be ok?

Yes: I know KFC is totally out, but if you've discovered any emergency eating out tips, I'd love to hear about them

Thanks,
Mike
EmilyS
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Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 12:02 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If it was an emergency and I had zero other options, this is what I would pick. I wouldn't call any of these options safe but I think they are the least offensive (I used to be able to eat these options 5 years ago when I was very sensitive but not as sensitive as I am now):

Bean burrito at Taco Bell with no red sauce.

Papa John's garlic cheese pizza or a regular cheese pizza with very little to no tomato sauce

Arby's Turkey sandwich with no mayo and no mustard. The turkey is safe but the bread has malted barely in it.

Wendy's french fries or plain baked potato

Fresh salsa and tortilla chips from a Mexican restaurant

Banana or uncut fruit from a gas station

Plain Ruffles potato chips sold at sandwich shops
Di
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Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 4:27 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have had great luck eating a hamburger from Wendy's and McDonald's. Just specify "no seasonings, no salt, no pepper". You have to say no salt, because their people don't always understand "no seasonings".
EmilyS
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Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 5:48 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Di- do you eat the hamburger with or without the bun or with any toppings or just the meat? Thanks, Emily
Di
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Posted on Friday, October 16, 2009 - 4:59 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I can eat the bun and a tiny bit of ketchup and onion without any problem, but I wouldn't try this if I were experiencing any symptoms beforehand. Also, I'm not as sensitive as others. We just met some friends at a regular restaurant last weekend and the only safe-looking thing on the menu was a hamburger, so while everyone else ordered a dinner I had the burger - and did fine.
Roy Piwovar
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Posted on Friday, October 16, 2009 - 10:05 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I asked a restaurant owner if she used MSG on her hamburgers and she said no, they save that for their steaks.
kristy
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Posted on Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 3:24 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This reminds me of one thing I learned the hard way. Keep safe salt in your car. I am allergic to corn so the only ones on Emily's list that work for me are baked potato or uncut fruit (thanks - I never thought of either). I have found that some of the fast food places get their patties already seasoned, but I don't think Burger King does. If you are corn allergic or super sensitive just remember that the cooks may think they are OK if they don't add salt when cooking, but it could still have bad stuff in it.
Di
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Posted on Monday, October 19, 2009 - 5:44 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I can't tolerate Burger King hamburgers. I don't know if it's something on the grill or in the meat.
LisaS
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Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 5:28 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My son loves hamburgers and we have found that most sit-down restaurants *do* add a seasoning mix to the burgers.

Our favorite is Chipotle. Everything is safe for him (even the steak seasonings) except the tortillas, which have aluminum, and I recently found that aluminum increases the glutamate reaction somehow.
Di
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Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 4:31 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Why the heck would they put aluminum in the tortillas? If they put it in that, what else might we find it in?
Nana
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Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 6:40 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You can buy baking powder and baking soda advertized as aluminum free at the Whole Foods grocery for your home cooking. Do the other ones have aluminum in them? Does salt?
MikeS
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Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 10:58 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes, the brand is "featherweight" and it contains: monocalcium phosphate, potato starch, potassium bicarbonate.

Mike
kristy
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Posted on Sunday, October 03, 2010 - 11:16 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Some baking powders have aluminum....I'm not sure why they use baking powder instead of just baking soda in tortillas, though. I've never used anything more than baking soda in mine.
Deb A.
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Posted on Monday, October 04, 2010 - 8:30 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there an acid in your tortilla recipe, Kristy? Baking soda needs it to cause the leavening effect. Just curious what you use.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - 12:03 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The one thing that is safe that you can get at almost any sit-down restaurant is an egg poached in water, nothing added.

Purple_Kangaroo

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