So why do we persist in observing the tryptophan and turkey and sleep version of the Thanksgiving?
To be sure, tryptophan as a white pill, not a slab of white meat, is used by some as a sleeping aid.
The premise is this: turkey is chock-full of a soporific essential amino acid, tryptophan, one of the 22 essential amino acids.
So tryptophan at pretty big doses is a routine part of being a human on planet Earth.
Kent Sepkowitz explains why the ‘the tryptophan in turkey means sleep’ trope persists, despite multiple debunkings.
Probably not—the tryptophan story provides us with the perfect cover for the real reason we so love the holiday.
Spaghetti squash also contains specific nutrients that help convert the tryptophan in other foods you eat into serotonin.
Trypsin: solution of small shreds of fresh fibrin in neutral and alkaline media, and tryptophan test.
A test for the production of tryptophan was reported positive.
tryptophan tryp·to·phan (trĭp'tə-fān') or tryp·to·phane (-fān')
An essential amino acid formed from proteins during the digestive process by the action of proteolytic enzymes.
An essential amino acid. Chemical formula: C11H12N2O2. See more at amino acid.