Have you been blaming the TURKEY for making you sooooo sleepy after eating every Thanksgiving? It is true that there is a sleep inducing chemical in turkey, but there is actually no more (tryptophan) in turkey than any other meat (or tofu for that matter!). So what’s the deal? Why do we all fall into a heap on the couch and miss half the game because we can’t keep our eyes open?
The answer is CARBS, not turkey. Look at the rest of table… mashed potatoes, stuffing, marshmellow-topped sugary yams, pumpkin pie,… the list goes on. When you put all those carbs in your body, insulin is released to manage the sugar high you just imposed. When that happens, the amino acids that were blocking the tryptophan from getting to your brain are off fighting the sugar battle, allowing tryptophan to get into your brain and get turned into seratonin. Presto! you get mellowed out and fade away to dreamland.
So do yourself a favor. Load up on turkey and go light on the carbs. Better yet, get the family out for a walk afterwards, instead of sitting in front of the screen. Your body will thank you.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE! We have so much to be thankful for.
PS – Here’s the link to the article in Wired Science where I got my info.