why do you get tired after eating turkey?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Turkey contains an amino acid called tryptophan, which makes you sleepy.

  • 1 decade ago

    There is a substance in turkey called "tryptophan". Not sure if that is spelled correctly, but that is the name.

    Anyhow, they say that it is what is responsible for making people tired after they eat turkey. Chicken also has this in it, but not as much as turkey. I have just recently read an article that names a bunch of other things that have this in them as well. Unfortunately, I cannot remember all of the things it said, but I have the article at home somewhere. It was talking about things that you could eat when you are ready to go to sleep that will help you to sleep better because they have "tryptophan" in them. I believe bananas was on the list, but can't remember what else.

    It is kind of an interesting subject. Now you have made me to wonder about those other things, so I will probably try to find that article when I go home. If you want me to tell you what else it said, then you can ask me and I will try and remember to tell you later.

  • 1 decade ago

    Turkey does have the makings of a natural sedative in it, an amino acid called tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, meaning that the body cannot manufacture it. The body has to get tryptophan and other essential amino acids from food. Tryptophan helps the body produce the B-vitamin niacin, which, in turn, helps the body produce serotonin, a remarkable chemical that acts as a calming agent in the brain and plays a role in sleep. So you might think that if you eat a lot of turkey, your body would produce more serotonin and you would feel calm and want a nap

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    its not the turkey thats a myth its from eatting to much

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  • 1 decade ago

    Its not really from the turkey its from all the other carbs that you have eaten. that's what makes you sleepy.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Its not because of the turkey, it is because you overate.

    =]

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