Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope all of you have all the turkey, dressing (or stuffing, depending on where you live), and the rest of the fixin’s you can’t live without this Thanksgiving day.

And before you start the feast, here’s some information that may burst a popular myth about the bird on the table: it is commonly believed that because turkey contains large amounts of the amino acid tryptophan, which is known to induce sleep, eating a big Thanksgiving dinner is what makes everyone head to their favorite recliner for the big nap.

Scientists say that this is a myth because the sleep-inducing qualities of tryptophan are generally only realized when tryptophan is used in its pure form, as a free amino acid, and not part of a more complex protein. Since the tryptophan in turkey is part of the more complex proteins in the meat, the theory is that the desire for a nap is more likely caused by the big meal itself, and the physiological effects associated with animo acids and glucose competing for insulin.

So, have the big meal and let me know what you think causes the need for the big nap!

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  1. I think it is just the fact we gorged ourselves to death! All that chewing and swallowing wore us out…and what better way to loosen the tight pants than to get in a horizontal position!

    Hope you had a Happy TDay!


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