Tofurkey, tryptophan and Thanksgiving Torpor

New from Riskbites, fun and information on turkey, tofurky, and, snoozing the day away.  Enjoy!


There’s a common belief that the tryptophan in turkey is responsible for post-thanksgiving dinner lethargy. But how about the the vegetarian tofurkey? Risk Bites takes on tofurky and the Thanksgiving tryptophan myth.

For more information on the thanksgiving tryptophan myth, check out Matt Shipman’s article at

Further food nutrition information from the UDSA can be found at

The tryptophan content of different foods according to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology can be found at

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