Turkey gets a bad rap on causing sleepiness

Turkey coma is a myth, says Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation President Dr. Stephen Prescott.

By Greg Elwell Published: November 20, 2012
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It seems like two things happen every Thanksgiving. First, everybody gets sleepy after indulging in a big meal. Then somebody blames it all on tryptophan, a chemical found in turkey that’s reputed to have nap-inducing powers.

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