Are Burger King Fries Vegan?

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At most places, fries are usually a safe vegan option.

But at fast food restaurants like Burger King and McDonald’s, it doesn’t hurt to double-check.

It turns out that their fries have quite a few ingredients.

Ingredients in Burger King Fries

French fries at Burger King, contain over 10 ingredients.

Here’s the full list that we need to examine:

Potatoes, Soybean Oil or Canola and Palm Oil, Modified Potato Starch, Rice Flour, Potato Dextrin, Salt, Leavening (Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Dextrose, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate added to preserve natural color.

Most of those ingredients are clearly vegan.

However, the palm oil might be a problem for you.

By the common definition of veganism, palm oil is technically vegan, and therefore french fries at Burger King are vegan.

However, for many ethical vegans, many vegans don’t eat palm oil. If you’re a brand new vegan and feeling a bit overwhelmed, I wouldn’t worry about it too much.

But if you’d like to learn more about the issues with palm, read that post I linked to and decide if you’re okay with eating palm products.

On top of that, the fries are “Prepared in fryer used for products containing wheat and milk.”

Strict vegans might not be okay with that, but personally, as long as you’re not increasing the demand for milk (which you’re not here), I don’t think it’s an issue.

Want fast food fries without palm oil? As far as I can tell, most people would consider Wendy’s french fries to be vegan.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

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