Truth about Turkey, Tryptophan and Tiredness

Does Turkey make you sleepy? Sure, the myths say it does, but what has led to these myths? And what about the Thanksgiving meal really makes you sleepy? To Explore this further, Dream while you drift off, and Examine the effects of Tryptophan, read on.

Turkey is known for containing Tryptophan, and it is this that is what leads to sleepiness being blamed on it.

But what is Tryptophan?

Tryptophan is an amino acid that aids in the production of serotonin and melatonin, and both lead to the drowsiness an sleep. But Tryptophan works best on an empty stomach.

Tryptophan is an essential amnio acid, one our bodies can’t produce for itself, and must be absorbed from the food we eat. Amnio acids are essential to our bodies because of all the functions proteins perform- proteins are everywhere- they shape us, and make us unique- DNA codes for proteins, and amino acids are pieced together in ribosomes to form polypeptides.

Even so, Tryptophan levels in Turkey are lower than those in cheese, and equivalent to other protein sources. The most likely cause of drowsiness after Thanksgiving may not, after all be the turkey, but instead the slow processing rate of the number of carbohydrates consumed.

Now, it’s time for a nap… thanks for reading, and Explore, Dream, Examine

-Serena

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