Elin Roberts, of Newcastle University’s Centre for Life says, On the morning after, it’s a bacon sandwich you’re looking for.
‘Food doesn’t soak up the alcohol but it does increase your metabolism helping you 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. Ms Roberts told The Mirror: “Bingeing on alcohol depletes neurotransmitters too, but bacon contains a high level of aminos which tops these up, giving you a clearer head.”‘
Researchers* also found a complex chemical interaction in the cooking of bacon produces the winning combination of taste and smell which is almost irresistible. The reaction between amino acids in the bacon and reducing sugars in the fat is what provides the sandwich with its appeal.
Ms Roberts went on:
‘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. Meat is made of mostly protein and water. Inside the protein, it’s made up of building blocks we call amino acids. But also, you need some fat. Anyone who’s been on a diet knows if you take all the fat from the meat, it just doesn’t taste the same. We need some of the fat to give it the flavour.’
She explained that the reaction released hundreds of smells and flavours but it is the smell which reels in the eater.
‘Smell and taste are really closely linked,’ she said. ‘If we couldn’t smell then taste wouldn’t be the same.’
So now we know. Thanks for all that, Ms Roberts.