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

by Reshma Anand on November 26, 2015 at 3:33 PM
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Feeling Sleepy Post-Thanksgiving? Blame The Calories Not The Turkey!

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.

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.

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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
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