Nov 21, 2006


Every year, I eat this huge meal. I love me some Turkey n fixins. Then I need a nap. "It's that damn Tryptophan."

1) Eating turkey makes you sleepy.

a) True
b) False

The right answer is false. Turkey does contain the amino acid tryptophan, which is a natural sedative, but so do plenty of other foods, such as chicken, beef, pork, cheese and beans. Not only do all of these foods also contain protein, which negates the effects of tryptophan, but we generally don't ingest enough at one sitting to feel it.

However, what does tend to make people exceptionally drowsy is eating a big, heavy meal — Thanksgiving dinner, for example. Blood is diverted to the digestive system to help tackle all the fats and carbohydrates you've consumed, which decreases blood flow to your brain and makes you feel lethargic. Drinking alcohol — while watching football or during the meal — only makes matters worse. So even if you didn't eat any turkey, you'd still feel like taking a nap afterward.


Snooze said...

I learn something new everyday.

Miranda said...

:( I wanna go down to the states for Thanksgiving....It's always so much more festive then up here.

Babsbitchin said...

snooze, you and me both Sister. It's when you think you know it all, you quit trying to learn, right? I sure as hell need me some more o'that education!

Babsbitchin said...

miranda, why is it more festive here? Do they not wing it up there or what? But do you have the dreaded Black Friday?