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Is it safe to consume turkey?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine
Turkey is not commonly an allergenic food; however, gallbladder attacks have been attributed to turkey allergy. Turkey contains purines. Since purines can be broken down to form uric acid, individuals with gout should avoid or limit intake of turkey. Since turkey contains small amounts of oxalates, individuals prone to calcium-oxalate-containing kidney stones should limit their consumption of turkey.

Turkey also is a moderate source of arginine, an amino acid necessary for the replication of some viruses, including the herpes simplex virus (HSV). People who have regular outbreaks of herpes should limit or avoid the consumption of turkey.

Check labels carefully if you use turkey cold cuts. Food processors may combine the dark meat with organ meats, such as the heart and gizzards, which makes the product higher in fat.
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