Stop everything you’re doing. This is important.
Scientists have confirmed that bacon, in fact, does have the power to cure hangovers.
According to research conducted by scientists across the pond, a bacon sandwich the morning after can absolutely cure you of that pounding headache, head-in-the-toilet nausea that forces you to promise yourself you’ll never drink again.
The researchers explained that bacon is chock-full of protein, which breaks down into amino acids. When you’ve had a long night of drinking, your neurotransmitter levels are depleted – but amino acids can top them back up again, giving you more energy and a clearer head.
But the really cool part is that bacon starts curing your hangover before it’s even reached your mouth. You see, that tantalizing, mouth-watering smell of frying bacon is no coincidence. There’s a reason your appetite magically comes back around once the bacon hits the pan.
It happens because of a complex chemical reaction between the amino acids and the reducing sugars in the bacon’s fat. That reaction releases the irresistible scent which scientists explained is closely linked to taste – you can’t have one without the other. And with scent and taste, of course, comes an appetite.
Elin Roberts, one of the researchers at Newcastle University, put it quite perfectly.
“The smell of sizzling bacon in a pan is enough to tempt even the staunchest of vegetarians. There’s something deeper going on inside. It’s not just the idea of a tasty snack. There is some complex chemistry going on.”
Look, we know what you’re thinking. “I already knew all of this. You don’t need to convince me to eat a bacon sandwich every post-happy hour morning. I always have and I always will.”
Same. But doesn’t it feel great to know that science has your back?
So next time your friends judge you for that early morning bacon fix, you can tell them to enjoy their hangovers and cry about it because you, my friend, will stick to your tried, true, and now scientifically-proven ways.
And if they want to stay in bed? Well, that sounds like a personal problem.