Why is it that after eating turkey, I feel happy, contented, and I always get a good night sleep? Research has indicated that turkey does not make you sleepier than eating other meat; since turkey contains less tryptophan than other meats. Included in some of these statements, it is believed that eating a heavy meal, such as at Thanksgiving (turkey day) or Christmas (turkey day for some) is what causes sleepiness. I have to disagree! I could eat a turkey sandwich and feel the same way. Yet, when I eat other meat, I don’t have that feeling of being contented and relaxed. It only happens when I eat turkey!
So, if it’s not the tryptophan in turkey causing my pleasant reaction; then what’s in the turkey? As it turns out from doing some research, its meat is highly nutritious and a popular protein source consumed around the world.

Turkey is definitely a protein-rich food. Protein is important for muscle growth and maintenance. It gives structure to cells and helps transport nutrients around your body. Additionally, a high-protein diet may even support weight loss by promoting feelings of fullness. Just two thick slices (84 grams) of turkey gives you 24 grams of protein. AWESOME!

Be sure to read part two to learn more about this amazing meat!.

Author's Bio: 

Kelley Curl is the author of, “My Curly Hair Self: Living with a Visual Processing Disorder.”