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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Gluten-Free Christmas Tip: Can Turkey Be Contaminated With Gluten?

Can turkey be contaminated with gluten? Sadly, the answer is yes. Sometimes, frozen turkeys can be injected with hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) to make the meat look more plump. Unfortunately, HVP can have gluten in it. Check with your local manufacturer to ensure that HVP hasn’t been added. The local manufacturer I called said that fresh chicken and turkey, that hasn’t been previously frozen, is okay. Check with your local manufacturer, this practice may vary in different areas.
As well, turkey that has been seasoned or pre-stuffed can be contaminated with ingredients containing gluten. Check the ingredient list on your turkey and call the manufacturer to clarify whether gluten is in the turkey. Hopefully, this information will help everyone to have a safe gluten-free and lectin-free holiday:)

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone,
Shelly Stuart, R.N., B.Sc.N.

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