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Does turkey really put you to sleep?

Scott Pullen
Scott Pullen on behalf of dotFIT
Fitness
This is definitely a myth; in fact, we often recommend turkey or chicken and pasta as a team's pre-meal before big games.

It is often said that the post-meal nap during holiday get-togethers is due to the tryptophan in turkey. While turkey does have an appreciable amount, so do many other meats. The more likely cause of the post-feast “coma” is due to the large meal itself and the high-fat, sugar and carbohydrate content. For many, alcohol contributes to this effect as well. It’s the setting and overall experience that may tire you, not the turkey, so enjoy turkey whenever and as often as you like.

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