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Organic Versus Non-Organic Turkeys

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Turkeys of all shapes and sizes are showing up in local grocery store bins.

And a lot of the health claims are saying that non-organic turkeys have hormones in them.

Not so fast says a local dietitian at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Elizabeth Murray, RD at Georgia Regents Medical Center says, "Actually there are no hormones used in poultry whatsoever. So the claim that there's hormones is kind of invalid. Whether your turkey is organic or not there are no hormones added anyway."

But just because there are no added hormones in these turkeys Murray says to watch out for a different hidden item in your next Thanksgiving meal.

"The use of antibiotics though is prevalent in poultry and especially this time of year when we're trying to grow such large turkeys and so many turkeys to sell for thanksgiving," said Murray.

So why do companies use antibiotics in these regular turkeys?

Murray says this time of year there is a high demand for bigger birds.

"They grow almost three percent more. So we can grow bigger turkeys when they use antibiotics," said Murray.

Research is still being done to find out if eating meat with antibiotics can transition to humans.

But Murray says not to worry because the latest study says you are not at risk.

Just make sure you follow these steps.

"That if you cook a turkey the way that you are supposed to that you will kill that bacteria regardless," said Murray.

 But one Augustan says he's grateful to just have food on the table this time of year.

Rod Spurgeon of Augusta says, "Giving thanks. I mean ‘cause there's people out here that got nothing to eat. They could have nothing band be thankful for whatever they get."

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