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New Orleans Has a Soup That Supposedly Cures Hangovers | The Atlantic

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For years, revelers who have consumed immoderate quantities of beer at Bullets or a raft of hurricanes at Pat O'Briens have stumbled to take-out joints for a steaming bowl of this brothy elixir. There just seems to be something about it that makes you feel alive in the morning – thus its nickname "Old Sober." That "something" turns out to be mostly salt and fat, according to Mitchell, which help your body deal with the liver-punching effects of alcohol.

Here's the yakamein cure in action: The big bowl of liquid is loaded with sodium to replace all the salts that your body whizzes away due to alcohol's diuretic properties. The unctuous brisket sits in your stomach like a heavy sponge, slowing down the body's absorption of alcohol. The B-complex vitamins in the green onions might help ease an impending headache by preventing an accumulation of glutaric acid. That egg plays a part, too...


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