"I can't believe I ate the whole thing!" That's how it starts. How it ends: a nap on the couch, or at least a very unproductive afternoon. In everyday language, it's known as a food coma, carb coma, or the itis. In scientific terms, it's called postprandial somnolence ("postprandial" means after a meal, "somnolence" means drowsiness. Scientists are so fancy). But why does it happen?
Separating Meal Myth from Feast Fact
How Do Food Comas Work?
Does The Tryptophan In Turkey Make You Drowsy?
Key Facts In This Video
It is a myth that the tryptophan in turkey is what makes people drowsy after Thanksgiving dinner. 00:21
Tryptophan levels in turkey are actually lower than those found in chicken. 01:06
Drowsiness after eating Thanksgiving dinner is caused by an overload of carbohydrates. 01:26
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