Chow Crash Course
posted by November 23 at 13:25 PMon
Unlike Thanksgiving, other holiday feasts are, at least, preceded by some type of honorary ritual - egg hunting, present opening, candy begging. “Pass the gravy” is as close to a ritual incantation as we get. In lieu of any genuine ceremony, Thanksgiving is dedicated solely to gluttony.
One modern myth, however, has given Americans license to turn that gluttony into unabashed laziness. Tryptophan, the oft discussed amino acid in turkey that allegedly transorms us from dinner table socializers to couch sitting sloths, has been the scapegoat for all us folks who don’t want to do the dishes - or anything, for that matter.
Well, folks, don’t tell the kids on dish duty, but you’re not wiped out from the Tryptophan:
Nutritionists and other experts say that the tryptophan in turkey probably won’t trigger the body to produce more serotonin because tryptophan works best on an empty stomach. The tryptophan in a Thanksgiving turkey has to vie with all the other amino acids that the body is trying to use. So only part of the tryptophan makes it to the brain to help produce serotonin.
It is the whole traditional Thanksgiving meal that can produce that after-dinner lethargy. The meal is quite often heavy and high in carbohydrates — from mashed potatoes, bread, stuffing and pie — and your body is working hard to digest that food. Also, if you drink alcohol with your dinner, you will likely feel its sedative effect, too.
See - it’s not the Tryptophan - we’re just nation of drunken, lazy sows. “We’re all going to hell,” said my brother, Michael. “But the food in hell is excellent!” So, um, pass the gravy…