Whether or not you are a turkey eater, you’ll be able to spice up the dinner conversation with these fabulous turkey facts:
- Turkeys sleep in trees! Despite being quite hefty, they fly up to the tree branches to spend the night in safety.
- Only males “gobble gobble!” Females make clucking and small chirping noises. You could make this a fun activity by having each person at the table give their best turkey noise according to their gender identity.
- Feeling sleep after your turkey meal? No, it wasn’t the dull company. You can blame the turkey in combination with the stuffing, sweet potatoes, bread, and pie! Turkey meat contains tryptophan, an amino acid that the body uses to make serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate sleep. Now, tryptophan doesn’t act alone to make you groggy. The carbohydrates from all the other goodies (bread, stuffing, pie, etc.) causes the release of insulin, which triggers the body to take in most of the amino acids from the blood into the muscles…except tryptophan. With all that tryptophan, your brain makes a bunch of serotonin to get you ready for sleepy time.
- Wild turkeys can fly at speeds up to 55 miles per hour! Watch out for speeding wild turkeys in residential areas!
- Turkeys blush! When they get scared, excited or sick, the exposed skin on its head and neck can change from a pale pink or bluish gray to a bright red, white or blue (patriotic, huh?).
Awesome song…but now you know, turkeys can fly!