Back To Mobile Site

Thanksgiving myths debunked

POSTED: 09:31 AM PST Nov 19, 2012    UPDATED: 02:11 PM PDT Oct 14, 2013 

Think you know the real story of Thanksgiving? You may have been taken in by these Thanksgiving myths.

Thanksgiving plate, meal, turkey
3 / 15
istock

Fact: Turkey does contain some tryptophan, which our bodies use to make serotonin, which can turn into melatonin, which triggers sleep -- but the turkey isn't the reason you're tired. Turkey doesn't contain nearly enough tryptophan to induce that much serotonin production (not to mention it's far from the only meat that contains tryptophan, and other meats generally aren't blamed for sleepiness). The more likely culprit for your post-Thanksgiving stupor is all those carbs and second helpings you're eating, according to Scientific American.

Comments

The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms Of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. 
blog comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement

Gift Buying

Advertisement