To the many of you who are convinced that greasy carbs and bacon are the best foods to eat when hung over: research is about to add some scientific validity to your argument.
According to researchers at Newcastle University's Centre for Life, food — specifically, bacon sandwiches — can do a hungover body good. Food on the whole speeds up the body's metabolism, helping it to deplete the body of alcohol more rapidly — but why bacon sandwiches?
"Bread is high in carbohydrates and bacon is full of protein, which breaks down into amino acids. Your body needs these amino acids, so eating them will make you feel good," explained Elin Roberts, the center's science communication manager. "Binging on alcohol depletes neurotransmitters, but bacon contains a high level of aminos which tops these up, giving you a clearer head."
You know what this means: the morning after we celebrate our excuse to overload on red wine, we can enjoy a greasy, carbo-loaded breakfast free of any guilt. Do these findings surprise you?
Note to self: Mondays are not the new Saturdays. After judging a bartender karaoke competition hosted by Chartreuse on Monday night, I was hurting big time yesterday. An excruciating hangover usually comes with an intense craving for nourishment. While sometimes I opt for a bagel and cream cheese or an egg sandwich, this time I was hungry for the salty crunch of potato chips. Luckily I had a bag of Cape Cod's jalapeno and aged cheddar chips at my desk.
Whether it's greasy, spicy, or porky, there's always that one thing you must have to help overcome a hangover. So tell me, what's yours? What foods do you eat when hung over?
There's something about a big night of end-of-the-year partying that goes hand in hand with over-drinking and hangovers. The worst thing about a hangover is that there is no specific cure or little pill that can instantly make it go away (why hasn't anyone ever invented one??!). The way in which one deals with a hangover is a highly personalized matter and more times than not, it involves food. I got to thinking, and wondered what types of food people turn to when suffering from a severe head-splitting stomach-hurling hangover.
I took an informal poll at the office to see what people eat and got a variety of solutions, with the most popular being some sort of egg sandwich (bacon, eggs, cheese on toast, a roll, or an English muffin). The runner up was a burger and fries. It was interesting to hear each person's cure - they included a bagel and cream cheese, coffee, Diet Coke, chips and beans, tuna melts, and blts. Basically what it boiled down to was two food groups: grease and sugar. The other popular remedies revolve around salt, liquids, carbs, fat, protein and more alcohol. I personally choose toast with butter.
So how about you? What do you eat when you are hungover?