Medindia

X

Feeling Sleepy Post-Thanksgiving? Blame The Calories Not The Turkey!

by Reshma Anand on  November 26, 2015 at 3:33 PM Diet & Nutrition News   - G J E 4
Thanksgiving day always makes us happy as it's a day of indulgence. People splurge on lavish feast on the day of Thanksgiving. Foods include turkey, pumpkin, fruit salads, muffins, cakes, cranberry sauce, etc.
Feeling Sleepy Post-Thanksgiving? Blame The Calories Not The Turkey!
Feeling Sleepy Post-Thanksgiving? Blame The Calories Not The Turkey!
Advertisement

A well-known myth with Thanksgiving is the post-Thanksgiving meal nap and fatigue, which is attributed to the Turkey. Turkey is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid associated with the serotonin hormone that is responsible for sleep.

‘Turkey is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid associated with the serotonin hormone that is responsible for sleep. But calories consumed on Thanksgiving dinner is only responsible for the drowsiness and not the tryptophan-rich turkey. ’
Advertisement
Though higher levels of tryptophan can increase drowsiness and induce sleep, the main reason for post-Thanksgiving meal nap is not exactly the turkey.

The average amount of calories consumed by a person on Thanksgiving day is around 4000-4500 calories. People consume higher amounts of carbohydrates than required. Therefore, the body takes a longer time to metabolize the consumed food which puts people in a drowsy state.

Nicolaas Deutz, a nutrition expert at Texas A&M, has reported that any meal rich in carbs will drain the body's energy during metabolism and turkey has nothing to do with the post-Thanksgiving meal nap and fatigue.

Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All