MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Thanksgiving is a time to spend with friends and families, while indulging in turkey and our favorite homemade foods, but why does turkey make us feel so tired?
According to webmd, amino acids are the building blocks of protein. L-tryptophan is an essential amino acid the body cant make, so diet must supply tryptophan.
Turkey is rich in tryptophan and tryptophan is used by the body to make a B vitamin called 'niacin,' which is important for digestion, skin and nerves and serotonin. When serotonin levels are high your mood is better and you sleep better.
Turkey has slightly less Tryptophan than chicken, according to Dawn Jackson Blatner, a spokeswoman for the American Dietic Association.
Livescience.com said, basically any big meal containing tryptophan and lots of carbohydrates can trigger sleepiness, not just turkey. Many other factors contribute to feelings of tiredness, such as drinking alcohol on Thanksgiving. The holidays are also a time when people often take a break from their hard work.