Thanksgiving Gatherings with Food Allergies

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching! Whether you’re hosting a family gathering or going to a loved one’s home for Thanksgiving dinner, here are some tips for preparing for a Thanksgiving feast when you’re also managing food allergies.

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  • If you’re a guest, call the host or hostess in advance to ask about the menu and food preparation.
  • Offer to bring a dish, and make it an allergen-friendly dish that can suffice as a main course in case you or your family member with a food allergy cannot eat any of the other dishes being served.
  • If you have a child with a food allergy, give them a refresher talk about not eating food that may be at risk for cross-contact (e.g., a buffet-style set-up).
  • Don’t assume that a food contains only traditional ingredients that you know are safe. We’ve heard of cooks preparing cranberry sauce with pecans, or adding peanut butter to gravy or even pumpkin pie.

As always, carry two epinephrine auto-injectors at all times if prescribed. Best wishes for a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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