Thanksgiving, Turkey, Triptophan and Drowsiness

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H

Sorry, eating that turkey on Thanksgiving does not cause after-meal drowsiness, at least according to the new view that has emerged in the past few years.  At and other places, the consensus is there is not enough triptophan in turkey and it must be taken on an empty stomach (fat chance, huh) to put you to sleep.

Pork, chicken and cheese also contain the unjustly maligned somnolent triptophan, but they never get blamed.

Probably it is that heavy meal, in general, that is the real culprit.  I’ll dig into it a little deeper after my nap.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

(and to all a good night)

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10 Responses to “Thanksgiving, Turkey, Triptophan and Drowsiness”

  1. Jolene Says:

    Ah, another nutrition urban legend that bites the dust :-)

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    You are so right Jolene

  3. Tom Rooney Says:

    Could be all the drinks that people have that they’re not used to all year. :)

    Have a good Thanksgiving

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  4. Dr. J Says:

    So I’m wondering if Tofurkey is a sleepy-time machine :-)

    Happy Thanksgiving Doctor to you and the family!!

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  5. Blake Says:

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

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  6. Sagan Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I guess a good walk would be better than a nap after eating turkey. Would probably make the stomach feel much better.

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  7. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    Tom, that’s a good bet

  8. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    Dr. J
    You could blame it on the tofurkey. JHMFD’s managing editor loves tofurkey.

  9. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving

  10. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    Sagan, a good walk sounds like the thing to do.
    Of course a nap is not that bad either. Maybe both

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