• By Jeff Olsen

Mayo Clinic Minute: Don’t blame the turkey for your being tired

November 24, 2016

turkey dinner table set for Thanksgiving meal

The urban legend about how the tryptophan in turkey makes you tired is as much a Thanksgiving tradition as stuffing and cranberries. Like many long-told tales, there's a grain of truth amid a helping of misinformation.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, dietitian Katherine Zeratsky sets the record straight and explains why tryptophan isn't the only reason you may want to grab a nap on Thanksgiving day. Jeff Olsen reports.

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