Common kitchen staple could slash hangover effects by 50 per cent

A common kitchen staple could be the secret to reducing the effects of a hangover
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When it comes to alcohol, many of us that have ever overindulged in the intoxicating beverage will at some point in our lives have felt the uncomfortable aftermath of a hangover. From splitting headaches and disorientation, to nausea and an upset stomach, the morning after a heavy night out is never a pretty sight.

So often is the predicament, that many household remedies for the condition have been touted over the years, from pickle juice and fried eggs, through to the controversial hair of the dog - but the secret to banishing those pesky symptoms may have actually been lurking in your kitchen all along.

According to researchers, fruit may actually be the miracle cure for a hangover we’ve all been looking for, with experts having discovered that a tasty plant-based treat could slash hangover effects by as much as 50%!

The health benefit is thought to stem from the naturally occurring sugar in fruit, fructose, which has been found to dramatically cut the speed at which the body can get rid of alcohol by nearly half.

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The solution to curing your hangover symptoms could be in your fridge or on your kitchen counter -Credit:Getty

Speaking about the research on a recent podcast, nutritionist Dr Rhonda Patrick explained that eating fruits such as grapes, watermelon, and bananas before a night out can reduce the amount of alcohol in the blood and therefore lessen the hangover the next day, reports the Daily Mail.

This means that in theory, eating fruit the morning after a night on the town, could potentially speed up recovery by replacing salts lost overnight, while also rehydrating the body.

It is important to note however, that the rule only applies to whole fruits and not to fruit juice, as when fruit is juiced, the sugars inside the plant cells are released and easily absorbed into the bloodstream, which can result in a blood sugar spike before a hard crash.

By contrast, in whole fruit, the sugars are absorbed more slowly, which means they are less likely to cause symptoms associated with fluctuating blood sugar spikes and dips.

In order to reap the benefits of a fruit based cure, Dr.Patrick cautioned that it would require ingesting a serious amount other than fruit to counteract the effects of alcohol, with a gram of fructose for every kilogram of body weight, slashing the effects of alcohol by 31 per cent.

This means that for a 79kg man to beat a hangover, it would take the equivalent of around 5 or 6 apples to ingest the right amount of fructose to see a positive effect.

Speaking on the FoundMyFitness podcast, Dr.Patrick said: Dr Patrick said: “Am I suggesting that fructose is an anti-hangover remedy? No. But this is an interesting mechanism by which food and fruit, in particular, may lessen some of the adverse effects of alcohol.

“Note that fructose from whole fruit, with the benefit of its fibre and micronutrients, is vastly different than highly refined fructose from fruit juices.”

According to studies, the fructose found in fruit can dramatically slash hangover symptoms and speed up the rate at which alcohol is eliminated from the body
According to studies, the fructose found in fruit can dramatically slash hangover symptoms and speed up the rate at which alcohol is eliminated from the body -Credit:Getty

In a study cited by the nutritionist, scientists investigating metabolic disorders tested the effect that fructose has on helping the body clear out alcohol in a sample group of 45 healthy men aged between 25 and 35.

Prior to the study, all had reported being light drinkers and for each gram of alcohol per kilogram of body weight, the men were also given one gram/kilogram of body weight of fructose, though not in whole-fruit form.

The study found that Fructose slashed the time people felt drunk by about 30.7 per cent, and it also helped their bodies to increase the speed at which they were able to rid their bodies of alcohol, by around 44.7 per cent.

Reflecting on the findings, Dr.Patrick went on to conclude: "Eating some fruit with a meal before you drink may help lessen its negative effects and this could also involve mixing alcohol with fruit juice, which also contains fructose.”

Yet before you go reaching for any fruity cocktails, she did caution that the ability to metabolise the drink may come at a cost, with alcohol and fructose combined making people more likely to see blood glucose and triglyceride spikes, compared to drinking them alone.