Thanks to technology, it’s really easy for information spread. This is both a blessing and a curse. We have such easy access to information which comes with a lot of perks, but the downside is that there’s an overload of information out there and virtually anyone can publish or share anything on the internet. So, it’s hard to know what is true and what isn’t. Even without the internet, misinformation and misconception is a common thread among historical events because none of us were there to know if what’s being said is true or not!
Since Thanksgiving is such a traditional holiday that has been celebrated throughout history, a lot of time has gone by for information to catch on and spread around. It’s now hard to know what is true and what isn’t, especially since some of it is even taught to us in school! Before heading over to your family Thanksgiving dinner, read up on some of the most common myths are surrounding this holiday and find out and the truth is behind them. (You should also check out these Interesting Facts About Thanksgiving Day).
1. Turkey Makes You Sleepy
We’ve all heard the myth that turkey makes us sleepy, but is this really true? The answer is not really. What makes us sleepy is the amino acid tryptophan which is found in turkey, says Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietitian and director of wellness nutrition services at the Cleveland Clinic to Healthline. Technically, it is the turkey because tryptophan is found in turkey, but it’s also found in many other foods, like chicken. In fact, Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, LDN, an American Dietetic Association spokeswoman told WebMD that turkey has less tryptophan than chicken!
You won’t get any more sleepy from turkey than you would from eating a chicken breast at a barbeque in the summer. If you find that you’re really sleep after a Thanksgiving dinner, it’s likely not from eating too much turkey. It’s more likely from eating such a large quantity of carb-heavy food or the alcohol (if consumed).