What Happens To Your Body When You Stuff Yourself Like A Turkey On Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014 2:34 PM

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What Happens To Your Body When You Stuff Yourself Like A Turkey On Thanksgiving

We've all heard that the trigger for those post-feast naps we can't seem to resist is the tryptophan found in turkey. The theory goes that tryptophan, an amino acid, is converted in the body to serotonin and then converted into melatonin, which affects the body's sleep cycles. But the truth is, according to Davis, other foods, such as cheese, eggs and other kinds of meat, contain just as much if not more of the amino acid. The most likely culprit for the sleepiness is the amount of carbs (and alcohol) we consume at Thanksgiving dinner, he says.

Just because it's a brown roll doesn't mean it's healthy. Chalk this one up to a marketing tool: Davis explains that "multigrain" just means that there are multiple grains, which could potentially include a variety of refined grains and none of the heart-healthy whole grains. "Multigrain rolls might...

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