Friday, November 27, 2009

Fun Fact Friday - The Tryptophantastic Voyage

Happy Black Friday, everyone! Still feeling it today?

Perhaps you're just finishing up a leftover turkey and stuffing sandwich after slogging through the crowds at 4 am just to get a free gift with purchase. And you know I love me some sandwiches.
Perhaps you're putting up the tree, hanging lights and nursing a sore back from falling off the slippery ladder in the rain.
Maybe you're an unfortunate soul who has to shovel today.

Maybe you're even at work. In the past, I would retreat to the office, since it was the one place I knew nobody would be on the day after Thanksgiving.

Whatever your post-Thanksgiving ritual, I just wanted everyone to remember that the turkey isn't to blame for your sluggish demeanor, that nap you took on the sofa next to Uncle Ed, and your lack of desire to move one inch today.

Tryptophan, though long blamed as the culprit of our blessed drowsiness, is present in many day-to-day foods and doesn't have that much affect on us. The issue here is quantity.

Somehow, no matter how much we try, it's very easy to eat a pound of turkey, maybe some ham, a few helpings of mashed potatoes, three of Aunt Ruth's rolls with butter, and of course you need to sample all of the desserts and go back later for more turkey. And there's always room for Jell-O. And more pie. Bears don't eat this much before they hibernate. Your body is trying so hard to digest those 7000 calories, there's little bloodflow left for anything else.
But that's a long, drawn out excuse. No wonder tryptophan gets a bad rap. It's just easier to pass the blame, especially when we're all this tired.
Enjoy the rest of your hopefully long weekend, I'll be back Monday!

3 comments:

dogimo said...

Man, that turkey-stuffing sandwich looks like a dream come true. Sometimes, man, I just get too fancy. When all I need is some leftovers and white toast!

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

Three rolls with Thanksgiving dinner?

The audacity!!!

Bev said...

Aha! The calories are ALWAYS to blame, in the long run.

Be nice and share!

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