Is Tryptophan in Turkey Making You Tired?


Tryptophan is an essential amino acid.

Have you heard the reason you get sleepy after a turkey dinner is the tryptophan in the turkey? Tryptophan is one of the 22 standard amino acids and is essential in the human diet. But, it most likely isn’t making you sleepy after your holiday meal. Have you also eaten an abundance of carbs or indulged in your favorite beverage? Those just might be what’s making you want to take a nap after the Thanksgiving feast.

Talkin’ turkey and cranberries

Can’t have turkey without the cranberries. Find out more about turkey, and learn more about cranberries in the infographic below. Use this information as a conversation starter at your Thanksgiving table this year.

Thanksgiving food facts

We wish you a very happy and festive Thanksgiving!

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