Have you ever had the feeling of crawling up in front of the TV and taking a nap after eating the turkey at your thanksgiving dinner?
The myth: This is because turkey contains an amino acid called L-tryptophan. The L-tryptophan goes from you blood up to your brain. Our brain then transforms the L-tryptophan into another chemical called serotonin that helps us fall to sleep fast.
BUT L-tryptophan is only affective when eaten alone. Turkey contains plenty of amino acids which cancel out the L-tryptophan.
The truth: when you eat a big meal (Such as a big Thanksgiving dinner), it affects your blood flow. Your blood will go more to your stomach and less to your brain.
So, see? Don’t blame the turkey for the big pile of food on your plate Eat less to avoid the drowsiness.
Click here to see the website I used to get all this information: http://kidshealth.org/kid/talk/qa/turkey_sleepy.html#