Serotonin Rich Foods

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Food makes everyone happy. Is it because we love the satisfaction of eating or could it be scientific? Serotonin, which can sometimes be called the happy chemical, contributes to well-being and happiness and can be found in the food we eat. The happy chemical is created from niacin which is created by tryptophan.

If you haven’t heard of tryptophan, you’ll be happy to learn about it. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that has some incredible benefits. Aiding in general growth and development, creating niacin, and producing serotonin are some of its key benefits.

Daisy Witbread of My Food Data takes a deeper look with further data and complete nutrition facts, and stated,

“Serotonin is thought to produce healthy sleep and a stable mood which is why tryptophan in turkey is sometimes attributed to making people sleepy. The truth, however, is that lots of other foods contain more tryptophan than turkey and do not cause drowsiness.

To summarize, below are 5 foods that are rich in tryptophan:

Lamb, Beef & Pork

Does it come as a surprise that lamb, beef and pork and three of the highest foods with tryptophan?

Order Diamond Mountain Ranch Grass-Fed Rack of Lamb


Order Diamond Mountain Ranch Grass-Fed Ribeye Steak


Order Diamond Mountain Ranch Pasture-Raised Pork Chops


Cheese lovers can rejoice knowing there’s some science to explain why cheese makes them feel so happy! Parmesan, cheddar, and mozzarella are the three cheeses highest in tryptophan.

Order Organic Pastures Raw Cheddar

Order Organic Valley Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Order Organic Valley Mozzarella Cheese


Seeds & Nuts

Amongst chia, sesame, and sunflower seeds, pistachios, cashews and almonds are also nuts high in tryptophan.

Order Back to Nature Cashew, Almond and Pistachio Mix



Whether you want them poached, friend, scrambled or hard boiled, Eggs are packing tryptophan.

Order Dozen of La Bahn Eggs


Chicken & Turkey

A perfect alternative to tryptophan rich red-meat, chicken wings and ground turkey are other solid sources.

Order All-Natural Jidori Chicken Wings 

Order Diamond Mountain Ranch Free-Range Ground Turkey


If you’d like to take a further look into specific data or see complete nutrition facts, please visit this article by My Food Data.