Don’t Blame the Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey (2011) by KWDesigns on Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

Ever tried to use this excuse to avoid cleaning up after the Thanksgiving feast: “I’m SOOO tired…it was all that tryptophan in the turkey…” (or some variation…)?

As it turns out, turkey contains no more of the amino acid tryptophan than other kinds of poultry. In fact, turkey actually has slightly less tryptophan than chicken, says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, LDN, an American Dietetic Association spokeswoman and author of The Flexitarian Diet. (From WebMD Article: The Truth About Tryptophan)

Yes, it’s true that tryptophan is the precursor amino acid for serotonin, which does influence our circadian rhythm, but turkey is just one of the many foods you might ingest on Thanksgiving Day that contains tryptophan.  Looks like you need a new excuse.

Enjoy the long weekend!

One thought on “Don’t Blame the Turkey

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