After football, political talk you really didn’t want to get into, and a side of religious debate, accompanied with the why did your marriage fail conversation, you finally get to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your family. Then the old sleepy conversation comes up, someone will eventually say, “the tryptophan in this turkey is going to make us sleepy” Well, this is not a fact, it’s just not true. The real reason behind your fowl-based food coma is more complicated than tryptophan singularly.
TRYPTOPHAN AND TURKEY EXPLAINED
Tryptophan is an amino acid, which are the building blocks of proteins that make us and all other multi-cellular organism possible to live and exist. Tryptophan is widely considered one of the essential amino acids, because it is vital and as such you’ll find it in many other foods like egg whites, soybeans, many cheeses, bananas, and salmon. Turkey doesn’t even have the highest concentration that happens to be seal liver, Although, good luck finding that on your Thanksgiving day table, so turkey does have the highest concentration of tryptophan in your Thanksgiving day meal. But here’s the thing, that doesn’t matter.