Tryptophan is an essential amino acid found in animal protein and plants. Foods with high amount of tryptophan are listed in the table below. It shows the amount of tryptophan for each 100 grams. The amount of tryptophan found in turkey is not exceedingly high despite what many people believe.
(100 grams or 3.5 oz)
|grams (g)||milligrams (mg)|
|Dried Atlantic cod||0.70||700|
|Turkey or chicken||0.24||240|
|White wheat flour||0.13||130|
|Milk or white rice||0.08||80|
Note: You get about 0.5 to 2 grams (500 to 2,000 mg) of tryptophan daily in a typical American diet.
Created: November 2, 2009