“It’s true that turkey contains L-Tryptophan, an amino acid involved in sleep. Your body uses it to produce a B vitamin called niacin, which generates the neurotransmitter serotonin, which yields the hormone melatonin, which helps regulate your sleeping patterns. However, plenty of other common foods contain comparable levels of tryptophan, including other poultry, meat, cheese, yogurt, fish, and eggs. Furthermore, in order for tryptophan to produce serotonin in your brain, it first has to make it across the blood-brain barrier, which many other amino acids are also trying to do. To give tryptophan a leg up in the competition, it needs the help of carbohydrates.” The Great Tryptophan Lie: Eating Turkey Does Not Make You Tired. (I can attest to this. I am a vegetarian and I plan to sleep most of the day.)

+ Every State’s Most Popular Thanksgiving Side, Visualized. (If you’re stuck with a side salad in Maine, you’re within a few hours of Mac and Cheese and some rolls.)

+ Have a great Thanksgiving, folks.