One of our favorite posts of the year!
Question for the day: Does the Tryptophan in turkey really make you sleepy—and is the turkey completely to blame?
Answer: Turkey actually contains no more of the amino acid tryptophan than other kinds of poultry. Despite popular belief, turkey doesn’t even have quite as much tryptophan as chicken! But when you think about it, when was the last time someone ate a chicken breast at a summertime barbecue and thought they felt sluggish because of it? When people overeat food, the digestion process takes a lot of energy….so don’t put ALL the blame on that poor turkey! Coming up on the holidays and trying to get all the things done that one would normally be doing, many people short cut their sleep and that can cause an increase in fatigue. That being said, blaming the turkey is more fun when it comes to finding a cause for taking that Thanksgiving nap, and it does help put you to sleep (just not as much as one might think)!
For today’s Yahoo related post, click here: Don’t Blame the Turkey: The Truth Behind Tryptophan