There is only ONE day a year that the word TRYPTOPHAN is ever uttered. And that day is today – Thanksgiving. The rest of the year people are blissfully happy to NEVER use the word in any setting or situation. It just never comes up.
But on Thanksgiving the little understood tryptophan is the trendy blame for just about everything. When we are stuffing our faces and consuming FIVE TIMES the amount of food we would normally eat in one day we ALL BLAME tryptophan for the sweaty uncomfortable food coma we succumb to shortly after finishing our massive buffet.
Every year someone at the Thanksgiving table eventually asks the following maddening question: “What was the name of that drug again that makes you tired right after eating turkey?”
The funny this is that most people have NO IDEA what the word tryptophan means or what it does. Tryptophan is defined as:
A crystalline essential amino acid C11H12N2O2 that is widely distributed in proteins – One of the essential amino acids. It is a heterocyclic compound that is found in small amounts in most proteins. It plays an important role in the growth and development of infants and in the biosynthesis of serotonin and niacin (Source)
Sure there is Tryptophan in turkey and also most other meats. But we are eating A LOT MORE then that. Way WAY more. Most of what we gobble down on Thanksgiving is a sugary, sweet, or salty mixture of twenty different side dishes and multiple desserts that overload the body to extreme and RIDICULOUS levels of carbohydrates! You have no choice but to crash and crash hard after you finish. For lack of a better explanation your body is REVOLTING against what you just jammed into it. You keep shoveling food in (after unbuttoning your pants) and eventually your body FORCES you down.
Shortly after finishing the feast, and with crumbs and food still littered on our uncomfortably hot holiday themed sweaters, we stumble to the couch or nearest chair to immediately hibernate for a few hours. I normally end up ON THE FLOOR and that is perfectly fine with me.
It is NOT a pleasant sleep after Thanksgiving. We sweat heavily. We groan and utter nonsensical words in our restless slumber. We remove extra layers of holiday clothing and sometimes pants come off altogether. Members of my family have been known to burp AND fart in their sleep. No one cares and it is laughed off as good clean holiday fun once the post Thanksgiving nap sets in.
You think we would learn from this year after year but we don’t. If anything we KNOW it is coming and celebrate the expected stomach ache, eventual mad dashes to the bathroom, and long sweaty naps. And then we do it all again. We enjoy it. I LOVE IT.
Each Thanksgiving I am always reminded of the classic Seinfeld episode where George and Jerry try to use a turkey and tryptophan to make a woman pass out. It is a holiday classic. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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