November 22, 2011

Tidbit Tuesday (Turkey making you sleepy?)

According to over 46 million turkeys will be eaten in the United States this Thanksgiving. If you're like me then you always thought that turkey makes you sleepy. I recently found out that's just a myth, in part at least. Turkey contains an amino acid called Tryptophan which is the culprit for that sleepy feeling. The thing is we eat things all the time with Tryptophan. Dairy products, bananas, all other meats... Chicken has more Tryptophan in it than turkey does. So do you find yourself passing out after you eat chicken? What about that bowl of cereal with sliced banana you eat for breakfast in the morning? It would appear that the sleepiness we feel on Thanksgiving  is more of a combination of things like overeating and waking up too early to cook and prepare for our guests. What do you think?

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