Post Thanksgiving food coma

Post Thanksgiving food coma

Sierra Fatlowitz and Ashley Rasina

Welcome back from Thanksgiving break. Hopefully you had the opportunity to spend some quality time with family, eat awesome food, and get into a memorable Black Friday brawl.

Due to the latest scientific breakthrough, scientists were able to discover the answer to the most popular question this fall; What makes us so tired after a Thanksgiving meal?

We are here to report that the answer is composed of many complicated formulas, algorithms, and scientific theories. Evidence shows that all signs point to America’s holy grail of side dishes, starting with…


What a bummer. You may ask yourself, is this really true? Sadly, yes. When an excess amount of carbs are consumed, the body produces extra insulin to control it’s blood sugar levels. This is turn creates the drowsy feeling.

Unfortunately, carbs happen to be one of America’s favorite side dishes. Things like stuffing, rolls, mashed potatoes, and mac and cheese are the repeat offenders during the holiday season.

For years, people have blamed the turkey for their post thanksgiving dinner drowsiness.

It is known that turkey contains tyroptophan, a common amino acid in the body. The body uses this amino acid to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin. And what function does serotonin serve? You guessed it, to regulate sleep.

But like you were informed earlier, despite popular belief, turkey is not the real culprit here. In fact, cheddar cheese actually contains more tryptophan than turkey. You should find this interesting because it is safe to say you do not fall asleep in your mac and cheese.

Another important factor to be considered in the investigation of the post Thanksgiving food coma is this; If you have enough food on your plate to feed several small children, it may be time to take a long hard look in the mirror. To us, it sounds like there may be someone else to blame here.

In conclusion, we would like to ask our readers to stop blaming the turkey for their post Thanksgiving food coma. In fact, the only thing turkey is guilty of is enjoying a nice long swim in a pool of gravy.

Scientists followed the more elaborate steps of staying true to the scientific method forming questions, hypotheses, and conducting research to come to their own conclusion on the post Thanksgiving food coma.

Now it is only fair that we ask you to do the same. If you feel your College Preparatory science classes have left you unprepared for this moment, here is a hint…

Is it really the turkey, or was this a case of user error?