Tips on Having a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving
from Holiday Menu as Easy as Pie
Sticking to a gluten-free diet over Thanksgiving may sound
like no fun, but many people don’t have a choice.
those with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), it’s never a
good time to ‘cheat,’” said Anca Safta, M.D., director of the Gluten and Allergic Digestive Disorders program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “But removing
gluten from a Thanksgiving menu doesn’t have to take the joy out of the
traditional Thanksgiving foods – turkey,
cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, corn – are naturally gluten-free, Safta
when it comes to pies, stuffing, gravy, etc., gluten-free substitutes may need
to be considered,” she said.
offers the following tips on how to eliminate gluten from a Thanksgiving meal
so anyone can enjoy it.
family and friends. Most people who are aware of the negative effects of gluten on individuals with
celiac disease or NCGS – which can include serious pain and intestinal damage –
won’t mind going gluten-free for one meal.
an open mind. Gluten-free doesn’t
mean taste-free. The gluten-free version of a dish may actually taste better
than the original.
for the “GF” label. For most grains,
condiments, sauces and dishes that contain gluten, there are gluten-free, or
“GF,” alternatives that can be bought at a store or made at home.
in the kitchen. Before serving a
roomful of people, test and perfect gluten-free recipes.
a Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie and macaroni and cheese? Well, there’s no
need to find out,” Safta said. “Make
the pie crust with gluten-free graham cracker crumbs, and find gluten-free
elbows. No one will have to give up his or her favorite dish, just certain