NEW ORLEANS -- It’s a tried-and-true hangover remedy that has been around since the ‘50s.
Legend has it that American soldiers from New Orleans brought Yaka-mein back from Korea. Now scientists have taken a closer look and say the ingredients work together to help fix the damage from a night of drinking.
"Folklore has it that American soldiers from New Orleans stationed in Korea in the 1950s learned to appreciate Yaka-mein on the morning after, and brought a taste for it back home," said Dr. Alyson E. Mitchell, a professor of food chemistry at the University of California at Davis. "It may be a good example of intuitive science -- an effective remedy, and with the scientific basis revealed only years later."
The eggs contain a chemical that removes toxic substances created by alcohol. The salty, soy broth replaces sodium and potassium lost in dehydration.
The meat in the soup prevents a chemical called glutarate from building up and causing a headache.
As always, make sure to drink plenty of water and exercise restraint when drinking to help prevent a hangover in the first place.