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A 16-year-old female asked:

I feel really sleepy faster whenever i eat rice. why ?

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Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Rice: Rice is known to make people feel sleepy. Your blood sugar levels when you ingest rice become higher. When your blood sugar levels are high, the hormone insulin is released from your pancreas to combat the sudden rise in blood sugar to bring it back to acceptable levels. Big changes in blood sugar increase the amount of sleepiness you feel.
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Full stomach = sleep: carbohydrates like rice frequently make people feel full, happy, and also sleepy. Your brain is programmed that way.
Dr. Joseph Sireci
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Try combining the rice with some protein.
Aug 3, 2014
Dr. Ali Saberi
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Few thoughts: certain rice has tryptophan, which is a essential amino acid required for the body. it causes a sedative effect. Other foods similar are Turkey, milk, soybeans, tuna. Other aspect is that certain rices have more fiber, which is harder to digest-especially brown rice/multigrains, which then causes the body to focus more blood flow to the abdomen for digestion, lowering flow to other organs

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