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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 Modified: November 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm •  Published: November 20, 2012

“Variety is the spice of life, but it's also important to intestinal health,” Prescott said. “When we eat just a few foods over and over again, we're depriving our bodies of essential nutrients. That can lead to irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal disorders.”

To get the right mix of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and fatty acids, it's important to eat a wide range of foods, he said. No one has to eat them all in one sitting — moderation is still a good idea — but the first Thanksgiving meal does have the kind of diversity that would be healthy in the long run.

“Mixing up your diet is a smart and delicious way to improve your health,” he said. “And even your doctor will understand if you end the meal with a slice of pumpkin pie. After all, it is Thanksgiving.”

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding and developing more effective treatments for human diseases. Its scientists focus on such critical research areas as Alzheimer's disease, cancer, lupus and cardiovascular disease.