I’ve heard all sorts of hangover cures (and tried a few myself). There’s drinking prickly pear juice before you drink, taking ibuprofen while you drink (which is not a good idea; combining it with alcohol makes things even harder for your poor liver), taking a shot of what you were drinking the night before when you wake up (terrible idea!), black coffee, lots of water, eggs (ew!), and a whole slew of other crazy supposed hangover cures that won’t keep your head from pounding or your stomach from churning. I’ve found that the best thing that helps me is to sleep as long as I can, drink a glass of ice cold V8 when I wake up, and sip on some green tea later, but the food that researchers found that might cure a hangover is nowhere near as healthy as a cup of vegetable juice.
Of course the best cure for a hangover is not to have one in the first place. After all, when we get to the point where we’re so drunk that we’re going to be in excruciating pain later, we usually end up doing and saying things that we regret later on (and that we don’t always remember saying or doing). Take this from someone who nose-dived out of a car like she was going skydiving from a plane. Not only did I have to deal with a hangover that night, but I really thought I was going to die for awhile because of all the blood coming from my nose, and I had to pick pieces of gravel out of my face and worry about how I was going to explain the big gash on my chin and the side of my nose to my coworkers on Monday. So obviously we all need to learn our limits, pace ourselves, and of course, avoid getting behind the wheel of a car.
But sometimes we do take things too far (and hopefully when we do we have the good sense to call a cab). Then we wake up in the morning and reach for whatever we believe the best hangover cure is. But we’re all wrong, because researchers have discovered what the best food to “cure” a hangover is, and it’s not what you’d expect.
Apparently beloved bacon, that salty, crispy, greasy wonder of the breakfast world (and a cheeseburger’s best friend) is the best cure for a hangover. Who would have figured? I don’t really know if I could stomach eating bacon when I wake up with that terrible alcohol aftertaste in my mouth, but if I ever do have a horrible hangover again, I might test it out.
So why is an unhealthy food like bacon a great hangover cure? Well, it doesn’t soak up alcohol, and it’s not a painkiller, but it does increase your metabolism, which helps your body deal with the effects of alcohol better. It’s full of protein that your body breaks down into amino acids, something your body needs. By providing it with these amino acids, you’ll start to feel better. It can even get the neurotransmitters in your brain in good working order again (alcohol depletes them), which will have you start thinking clearly again sooner.
No word on if the researcher who conducted this study is just one of the many bacon fans out there who are trying to find a good reason to eat this food that often gets a bad rap, but at least his recipe for a hangover cure sounds (and tastes) good.