Weight Watchers Magazine (Australia) - - Food // Fit // Feel -

We’ve all been there: grabbed a burger and fries for lunch or en­joyed a Sun­day roast only to fall asleep at your desk or on the sofa af­ter­wards. While car­bo­hy­drates are usu­ally blamed for food comas, a new US study sug­gests it’s pro­tein and salty foods that cause sleepi­ness af­ter eat­ing a big meal – not the carbs at all.

Re­search from Ohio’s Bowl­ing Green State Univer­sity shows the body may need to work harder to di­gest high-pro­tein foods and salt, re­sult­ing in tired­ness.

An­gus Ste­wart, se­nior lec­turer in nu­tri­tion and di­etet­ics at Edith Cowan Univer­sity in Perth, says, “We may have evolved dif­fer­ent mech­a­nisms to make us sleepy af­ter in­gest­ing to give our bod­ies a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity to di­gest. You can also get a bit sleepy if you haven’t had a large amount of pro­tein for a while and eat a high-pro­tein meal, or if you’ve been eat­ing very fru­gally and then have a blow-out.”

If you start to nod off af­ter eat­ing, Ste­wart rec­om­mends wait­ing half an hour for your food to set­tle, then go­ing for a walk to boost your ac­tiv­ity lev­els.

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