List of foods high in tryptophan


Animal foods that are high in tryptophan

Among the foods of animal origin with much tryptophan we must point out:

– Fish, especially oily fish such as sardines, mackerel, tuna.

– Meat

– Eggs

milk and dairy products (yogurt, cheese, custard)

Plant foods that are high in tryptophan

Within each group, in order of highest to lowest amount, we have:

Legumes: lentils, soybeans, chickpeas, peas, beans, peanuts, etc)

Cereals: brown rice, wheat, oats, barley, corn or rye)

Nuts: Almonds, pistachios, cashews, pine nuts, tamarind, chestnuts)

Fruits: Strawberries, avocados, papayas, mangoes, oranges, dates, grapefruit, blueberries, peaches, grapes or apples.

Vegetables: Watercress, spinach, squash, asparagus, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, celery, onions, shallots, cabbage, garlic, lettuce, cassava, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and endives.

Seeds: sunflower, sesame and fenugreek,

Related information: Tryptophan and serotonin production

List of amino acids in food

Essential amino acids

Nonessential amino acids

Phenylalanine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine

Aspartic acid, Glutaminic acid, Alanine, Arginine, Cysteine, Cystine, Glycine, Hydroxyproline, Proline, Serine, Tyrosine


punto rojo More information on amino acids.

This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

22 April, 2019

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