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How To Enjoy Thanksgiving Safely With Food Allergies

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All turkeys are not created equal.

And some of these turkeys have gluten in them- found as part of the solution used as a preservative.

Gluten is one hidden ingredient that could spell disaster for someone with food allergies on turkey day.

Elizabeth Murray, RD, at Georgia Regents Medical Center. says, "The best option is to prepare it yourself so you are aware of everything that went into that. You can check all of the food labels and ingredients to make sure that it is safe for someone with food allergies."

But what if you are going to eat out or at a friends' house this Thanksgiving?

Murray says to plan ahead.

"I suggest that you go ahead check well ahead of time. Call the restaurant, check the menu, find a food that is safe you to consume and plan ahead for what you're going to be able to order and consume without any concerns for allergies," said Murray.

Murray says not to wait for turkey day. Start doing your research on which restaurant you want to go to now.

"Begin looking online at the menus, begin calling the restaurants and asking about food preparation and things like that so that you can plan well ahead and enjoy your Thanksgiving Day," said Murray.

Or if you are planning to sit around the table with your family. Call ahead to see what's in all those side dishes.

But what if you don't have any loved ones with food allergies, just lesser immune deficiencies that also cause problems?

"Just to be on the safe side and err on the side of caution that you go ahead and purchase an organic turkey or labeled that has no antibiotics added or no antibiotics used," said Murray.

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