It’s official: bacon sandwich is the best cure for hangover

April 7th, 2009 - 3:01 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr 7 (ANI): Are last night’s festivities making your head pound, stomach queasy and skin a deathly shade of grey? Well, then go ahead and grab a big, fat bacon sandwich to save your life, say scientists.

The yummy grub has always been a popular cure for a hangover, and now scientists have come up with proof to claim that it really works, reports The Mirror.

Elin Roberts, science development manager at the Centre for Life in Newcastle, says: “Food doesn’t soak up the alcohol, but it does increase your metabolism - helping you to deal with the after-effects of over-indulgence. So food will often help you feel better. 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. Bingeing on alcohol depletes neurotransmitters too, but bacon contains a high level of amines which tops these up, giving you a clearer head.”

Elin adds: “If you’ve got amino acids and reducing sugars at a heat above 150 degrees centigrade, it kickstarts the Maillard Reaction in the pan. That means lots of lovely smells are released and it’s this which draws us in. I know of three vegetarians who have been broken by the smell of bacon.”

The expert says if the treat doesn’t work, then get some sleep, water, fatty foods and comfort food. (ANI)

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