Nothing fixes up a hangover like a big ol’ bacon sandwich and that’s not just something my mom told me, that’s science.
Hangovers are nature’s ways of balancing the scales: You had a great time the night before and now you’re going to be punished for it. They’re funny when they happen to characters in television shows but when they’re happening to you, in real life, they’re distinctly unfunny, yet despite the best efforts of generations of boozehounds, a proper cure has never been found. Until now.
“Food doesn’t soak up the alcohol but it does increase your metabolism helping you deal with the after-effects of over indulgence. So food will often help you feel better,” said Elin Roberts of Newcastle University’s Center for Life. But not just any food, no; if you really want to feel better on the morning after the night before, you need a bacon sandwich.
“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,” she continued. “Binging on alcohol depletes neurotransmitters too, but bacon contains a high level of aminos which tops these up, giving you a clearer head.”
And fortunately for the fuzzy-headed, bacon tastes awesome, unlike, say, a greasy pork sandwich served on a dirty ashtray. After years of hearing about quarks and gluons and cosmic microwave background radiation and the Higgs boson, isn’t it nice to finally see science coming up with something useful?