~“When the Tryp Hits the Phan”~

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 09:30 AM.

All of this sleepiness caused me to think of “tryptophan” and turkey and if what they say is really true (about it making you sleepy). So, I did a little research.

The science part is not too hard to understand. Tryptophan is an amino acid that the body needs. Tryptophan can be found in meat, cheese, yogurt, fish, eggs over easy (and in general) and also poultry, like turkey.

The reason our bodies need tryptophan is that it helps produce serotonin, which makes melatonin, a hormone that helps you know when to sleep and wake up.

So, turkey may not help you sleep or make you want to take a nap anymore than a grilled cheese sandwich or fried catfish.

However, I did find a nutritionist’s explanation on how the turkey could make you sleepy. The nutritionist noted that the stored turkey in your body could be boosted by a “serotonin snack” such as Fig Newtons, half a small wheat bagel with honey dripped on it, or a few cups of “air-popped” popcorn.

Who in their right mind would eat any of that right after Thanksgiving dinner?

I can hear them now, “I just ate half a turkey, a plate of dressing smothered in gravy, seven rolls, some peas, potatoes and four slices of pie. Would someone please get the Presto Popcorn Popper out of the garage so we can have a few cups of air popped popcorn now?”

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