YAWN…must be the tryptophan in the turkey that’s making everyone so sleepy after the Thanksgiving Feast, right?

I’m smiling as I write this blog.  Even children attending Thanksgiving dinner will comment that the tryptophan in the turkey is what puts everyone to sleep  after the feast.

So what is this tryptophan? And is turkey the only food that contains this mysterious substance?

Tryptophan is an “essential” amino acid that part of many plant and animal proteins.  It is a very normal part of our diet, contained in many common foods, and is considered “essential because that the body must get it from outside food sources (in other words, the body can’t tryptophan). 

Our body uses tryptophan as a base for a brain chemical called serotonin.  You’ve heard of serotonin before..it’s the chemical that helps you maintain a “happy feeling” and helps keep you calm, relieves depression, and helps with sleep.

Because tryptophan is an essential amino acid, it is found in MANY foods including dairy, beef, poultry, barley, brown rice, fish, soybeans, peanuts.  As you can see, meat eaters as well as vegetarians have ample sources of tryptophan!

So…now that you know a little about tryptophan, do you really believe it is the turkey that is sedating your holiday guests on Thanksgiving????

How about this?  A typical Thanksgiving meal contains:


Mashed potatoes

Stuffing or dressing


Corn bread or dinner rolls

Cranberry sauce

Sweet potatoes or sweet potato casserole

Pumpkin, pecan, apple pie with a dip of ice cream for good measure

Hmmmmm….besides that tryptophan- containing turkey….every other item is mainly carbohydrate…and most are high impact carbs that will be consumed in LARGE quantities at one meal!!!

So…after Thanksgiving dinner, if you are feeling a tad bit tired, fall asleep while watching the football game, find yourself snoozing in the middle of a conversation, or feel like you need to get outside for some fresh air followed by a strong cup of coffee…remember this:

95% of Thanksgiving dinner is carbohydrate….and for the millions with Met B….it will cause a post- feast “carb coma”.  Thank goodness it comes once a year!  Gobble Gobble!  Happy Thanksgiving!!!!


About Diane Kress

Author of The New York Times Bestseller; The Metabolism Miracle, The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook, and The Diabetes Miracle. and The Metabolism Miracle, Revised Edition. Owner, developer, and administrator of The Metabolism Miracle's support site: www.Miracle-Ville.com. Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, www.themetabolismmiracle.com www.thediabetesmiracle.com www.miracle-ville.com Email: dietquestions@ymail.com
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3 Responses to YAWN…must be the tryptophan in the turkey that’s making everyone so sleepy after the Thanksgiving Feast, right?

  1. Marvel Lacz says:

    Tryptophan is a great supplement if you want to boost your serotonin levels. ‘

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