Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bacon sandwiches DO cure hangovers - it's official

We all know that Saturday/ Sunday morning feeling, it is 11.30am, you have opened your eyes for the first time, you try to move your head and suddenly it feels like someone is hitting it with a big hammer.

The excesses of alcohol are known to most of us, as well as hangovers bad enough to kill a small person there are also the associated side effects such as waking up financialy broke for the rest of the week, waking up with your arm draped around a woman that resembles your hairy chinned Auntie Thelma and with those unexplained facial injuries that for the life of you, you cannot remember how you got them.

Scientists have now confirmed that a good old, greasy bacon sandwich does actually cure all of this. Well, when I say all, I mean the hangover bit, the rest of it is up to you!

For years we have been rolling out of our beds, stumbling downstairs, chucking the frying pan on and filling it with the good old Danishhhhh bacon in the knowledge that it was really bad for us but we didn't care because it tasted and smelt good. A sort of comfort food.

Elin Roberts, science development manager at the Centre for Life in Newcastle, explains how a bacon butty does work as a hangover cure: “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.”

There you go, scientific proof that a bacon butty works!

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