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#1 Old 06-02-2010, 03:41 PM
 
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(stupid question ahead)

So, a lot of my friends drag me to McDonalds often because they think it's amazing for some reason (maybe it's just a teenager thing for non-vegetarians or something...). Just wondering if there's anything that I can eat there that's vegetarian (other than the obvious things like drinks, muffins, cookies, etc). It's kind of a pain for me because I'm often hungry when I go there and I don't know if anything from there that I can eat, so I either just get a drink when I go or nothing at all. I don't think I could even get fries from there, aren't they made with animal fat? I live in Canada, if location makes any difference in their menu options... btw, I know McDonalds is disgusting and unhealthy, but I wouldn't be bothered by eating there once in a great while if I was super hungry, as long as what I ordered didn't contain meat or animal fat.
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#2 Old 06-02-2010, 08:09 PM
 
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I can only give you a list of vegan options for McDonalds in the US. I've been making a big list of vegan restaurant options and McDonalds is on it surprisingly! Can't remember the last time I ate there though lol but I like to be prepared just in case. I wouldn't be surprised if the cheese had rennet, and I know for sure the fries are not vegetarian. Good luck! I know how hard it can be to go out to eat with friends sometimes, my college town is nothing but fast food, Tex Mex, and a Chili's.



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Apples without dip

Mandarin oranges

McDonaldland cookies

Premium Asian Salad - NO CHICKEN

Side salad

Cilantro lime glaze

Newman's Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette

Newman's Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger

Orange glaze

Potato vegetable blend (I have no idea what this is...maybe in some breakfast item??)

English muffin

Flour tortilla

Leaf or shredded Lettuce, Onions, Pickles, Tomato

Regular bun, Sesame seed bun

BBQ sauce

Chipotle bbq sauce

Ketchup

Liquid margarine

Mustard

Apple juice

Orange juice

Iced tea

Powerade

-- I didn't include sodas because I'm not sure if they are vegan
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Not sure about Canada, but in the US, even the fries at McDonald's aren't vegetarian. They're flavored with beef.



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A friend of mine who is also going / living veg*n works at jack in the Box (i know not Micky D's..) She however makes herself veggie samis there.



Based on teh VERY helpful list above perhaps you can ask to have them custom make you something

perhaps one of the buns or torillas with a sauce (on the list) and all the veggies they have(find out about the potato blend too)? Or ask them for the salad doubled without the meat (see if they will sell it to you the same price since you aren't getting the "meat")...

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In Canada, fries are not made with any animal products. I try not to eat that crap either, but sometimes I cave and get fries when my husband goes and gets food for himself.

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In Canada, fries are not made with any animal products. I try not to eat that crap either, but sometimes I cave and get fries when my husband goes and gets food for himself.



Thanks for the clarification. I know the fries have beef in the US, but not in the UK, from all the past posts on VB. Wasn't sure about Canada.



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http://www.mcdonalds.ca/pdfs/IngredientFactsEN.pdf



Pg 12 for fries

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#8 Old 06-03-2010, 01:32 PM
 
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Is it bad that I'm now slightly excited that I can eat McDonalds fries? I used to eat them way too much before going vegetarian, but haven't eaten them since I went vegetarian. Nice to know that I can go overboard once in a while and eat them. Thank you so much guys!
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Honestly, before I found out Canadian fires were vegan, I was secretley happy I couldn't eat them! I have cut out 99% of processed/fast food from my diet, but McD's fries are SOOO good (all things in moderation!!). But now that I found out what is in them (or more importantly, what is NOT in them), I have caved to the cravings more times than I would like to admit. AND since it is the only thing I can eat at McD's (I make a WAY better salad for cheap), I end up getting a large fry, and they are gone quite quickly! I wonder if I should start telling myself that I can't eat them......

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#10 Old 06-03-2010, 02:01 PM
 
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Yes the fries are vegan in Canada.

Personally I try to stay away from big corporations in which animals are their main commodity.
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yuck I don't like Mcdonalds or fast food. But can't you just get a salad and their apples?
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#13 Old 06-03-2010, 06:07 PM
 
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Half of the time I don't trust getting that from a fast food joint, or any place for that matter!



I really don't like it when I'm not in control of what I'm getting. Whether it be the lack of something wholesome and nutritious, or knowing exactly what's REALLY in it. It's not that I like to be difficult, it's just that I am so conscious of what I put in my body.
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Not sure about Canada, but in the US, even the fries at McDonald's aren't vegetarian. They're flavored with beef.



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Gross! I'm glad I refused to eat ANYTHING from fast food places. I don't even want to drink the sodas.
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#15 Old 06-05-2010, 01:51 PM
 
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I guess I could see someone being ethically okay with giving money to McDonalds if they were vegetarian for health reasons and bought only water... maybe. Just because your friends support greedy corporations doesn't mean you have to.



Just a couple examples among many of why McDonalds might not be the first place you want to throw your money at.

Child Labor:

http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/55/336.html

Amazon Deforestation:

http://news.mongabay.com/2006/0406-greenpeace.html



Sorry, I don't mean to come off as being facetious I just hope that you'll look into what exactly you're supporting before you give companies your business.
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#16 Old 06-08-2010, 02:21 PM
 
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Yes the fries are vegan in Canada.

Personally I try to stay away from big corporations in which animals are their main commodity.



That's one way to look at it, and I understand your point about big corporations. But here's another point. Don't you think that when products that don't contain animals are more widely available, this is a positive step for the animals? It's not like McDonald's or Burger King use the profits from salads or veggie burgers to fund violence towards animals. If people support the individual products, the corporations may gradually change to include more of them in the months and years ahead. Imagine a world in which fast food restaurants still exist, but their entire menu is vegan.

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I wonder if I should start telling myself that I can't eat them......



You can eat them if you want to, but this may help with that.



I worked at McDonald's in the US for over 10 years. (Don't mock me!) Although the fries are cooked in vegetable fat, when it got really busy, we cooked chicken in the french fry fryers. I'm not saying this happens everywhere, but I think it's a pretty common practice.
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#18 Old 06-10-2010, 06:05 PM
 
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Wow... I really regret eating McDonald fries....
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#19 Old 11-28-2015, 06:25 PM
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The vegetarian option at McDonald's is burning it to the ground.

Just kidding, I don't advocate arson, but there's nothing you can really eat at McDonald's. Maybe their side salad, or a breakfast pastry if you're lacto-ovo. Hardly worth making the trip for, if there's anything else around. 7/11 has more options.
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#20 Old 11-28-2015, 06:40 PM
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In Canada, fries are not made with any animal products. I try not to eat that crap either, but sometimes I cave and get fries when my husband goes and gets food for himself.
Oh good the fries are veggie safe! I live in Canada too so that's good to know I can have them
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The fries at Mcdonalds are vegan and gluten free. One of the few things there that are.
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The fries at Mcdonalds are vegan and gluten free. One of the few things there that are.
In Canada, McDonalds french fries are vegan and gluten free: http://www1.mcdonalds.ca/NutritionCa...entFactsEN.pdf

McDonalds fries in the United States are neither vegan nor gluten free. They contain both wheat and milk: https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q...es+ingredients
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Oh good the fries are veggie safe! I live in Canada too so that's good to know I can have them
In Canada, McDonalds french fries are vegan and gluten free: http://www1.mcdonalds.ca/NutritionCa...entFactsEN.pdf

McDonalds fries in the United States are neither vegan nor gluten free. They contain both wheat and milk: https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q...es+ingredients

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In the southeast of the US, specifically in Florida, the oatmeal at McDonalds is vegan if you tell them no milk. (As of a few years ago, have not been there in awhile.)

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#25 Old 11-29-2015, 04:32 AM
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I think we need to be careful when talking about the food at McDonalds. Amazing for some to contemplate but many VB members live outside the US (the site owners are in Canada) and the McD menus in other countries will often be different to the US menu (think India).

Not really sure of the value of resurrecting this thread 5 years later but I suppose that mention of McD is often an easy route to causing controversy...

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I think we need to be careful when talking about the food at McDonalds. Amazing for some to contemplate but many VB members live outside the US (the site owners are in Canada) and the McD menus in other countries will often be different to the US menu (think India).

Not really sure of the value of resurrecting this thread 5 years later but I suppose that mention of McD is often an easy route to causing controversy...
Seems hardly dangerous when the person pointed out Canada repeatedly. I think it's good for vegetarians (especially the young or new) to know their are options.
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#27 Old 11-29-2015, 06:37 AM
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Seems hardly dangerous when the person pointed out Canada repeatedly. I think it's good for vegetarians (especially the young or new) to know their are options.
Not sure which "person" you are referring to, or where "dangerous" comes from but I agree that Canada has had a lot of mentions from the OP onwards.

Seems a bit odd to me though that a member can be relieved to be able to eat fries based on information supplied 5.5 years previously:

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Oh good the fries are veggie safe! I live in Canada too so that's good to know I can have them.
Ye, I'm all for vegetarians, especially the young or new, knowing their options, as long as they ensure that the options are both geographically and currently relevant.
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In canada that Mcdonalds french fries may be the only thing in the mall that I can safely eat. That is both gluten free and vegan. I am not exaggerating.I have had to leave and go home because there wasn't anything in the restaurant, deli or grocery store that I could eat that's pre made. They don't make deli vegan sandwiches on gluten free bread for example anywhere. Sometimes the information needs to be repeated because new people join. It gets frustrating and its a lot easier to give up. i'm not saying I go all the time but once every couple weeks when go shopping isn't going to make much of a difference in things.
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