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Deuce Debunks: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

Who, me?! (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

So, last week I decided to debunk a fun but sadly false story that Samsung had sent Apple a billion dollars in settlement money in nickels. This week, we’re going seasonal.

Does turkey make you sleepy?

Now, I don’t have all the answers; I’m a dope with Google. Usually that’s all it takes to debunk things that are particularly silly. But this one, it has to be true, right? It’s common knowledge.


Wait. What. WHAT?!

B-but how? What about grandpa conking out on the couch immediately after Thanksgiving, while the Lions are getting their asses kicked on national television? What about how drowsy you feel after eating it?

Well, no dice says urban legend authority Snopes.

Okay, okay. But even THEY have to be wrong sometimes, right? What about all the tryptophan?!

Apparently, WebMD confirms it. In fact, chicken contains more tryptophan than turkey does, and tryptophan actually causing you to be sleepy isn’t really as huge a thing as it’s made out to be anyway. I don’t feel like getting into all the mechanisms of it because I’ve been saving space for Thanksgiving dinner and now I’m punchy due to self-imposed starvation.

So there you have it, a nice trivia fact to share with your family, who won’t hear it because they’ll be asleep in a post-Thanksgiving meal food coma. Not from tryptophan, but from overeating, which is apparently the main cause of our grogginess.

Ugh, someone get me some turkey, stat. (Photo by George Marks/Getty Images)

I can’t believe I’ve been living a lie. I’m going to go drown my sorrows in gravy. Happy Thanksgiving!

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