Going Out Tonight? This Sneaky Trick Prevents Hangovers

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Did you know that many people in coastal countries like Greece, Spain, and Italy often take a spoonful of olive oil before boozing?

It sounds crazy, yes, but they swear that it guards against killer, can’t-get-out-of-bed, bring-me-coffee-stat hangovers. And if you’re desperate to save your morning-after—yet not so desperate you’ll take a shot of straight oil before you start doing shots—relax. There are more appetizing ways to get the stomach-coating effect of olive oil.

“Always eat before drinking,” says Tammy Lakatos Shames, R.D., co-author of The Secret To Skinny, and one half of The Nutrition Twins, RDs. “Fatty foods in particular stick to the stomach lining longer, slowing down the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream.”

But wait…beer and liquor pack enough added calories, and now you’re supposed to down extra fat too? To do it the right way, Shames says to incorporate heart-healthy good fats, like nuts, seeds, and avocados, into your pre-party-time meal. Solid choices include:

  • Salmon and sautéed vegetables cooked with olive oil
  • Salad with grilled chicken, olives, artichokes, and tomatoes dressed in olive oil and lemon
  • A turkey sandwich spread with Hass avocado (Bonus: One cup of avocado contains 20 percent of the Daily Value for potassium, so you can get a head start on replacing the potassium that’s lost due to alcohol’s dehydrating effect.)

While these meals might mean it takes longer to feel the alcohol’s effects, it also gives the body more time to process the drink’s byproducts, therefore increasing your chances of feeling decent in the morning—and going for round two tomorrow night. 

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