How Asian Pears Could Magically Prevent Hangovers

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Whether you enjoy a glass of wine once a week or you’re a full-fledged whiskey connoisseur, there’s one thing drinkers of all levels can agree on: Hangovers are the worst. 

But what if we told you that those throbbing day-afters don’t have to exist?

Behold, the Asian pear: they’re delicious and, according to science, they can prevent hangovers too.

A study conducted last summer by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia’s national science agency, found that consuming Asian pears — whole or in juice form — before a night of drinking can lower blood alcohol levels and prevent hangovers.

While researchers couldn’t pinpoint what, exactly, the pears contain that allows them to ward off hangovers, Manny Noakes, the study’s lead researcher, explains on the organization’s website that the pears “act on the key enzymes involved in alcohol metabolism and elimination or inhibition of alcohol absorption.”

According to the study, you only need one cup of the golden fruit’s juice to stave off the hangover. Just remember that the trick only works if you gulp it down before you imbibe.

You can find a can of Asian pear juice at a local Korean market, like the guys at GQ did for their own version of the hangover study. (Spoiler alert: it worked for them, too.)

Or you can fit the pear recipes below into a delicious and nutritious pre-pre-game menu (just substitute Asian pears for traditional pears). You’ll discover that Sunday mornings are so much more enjoyable when they’re headache-free.

 

1 Pear And Plum Puff Pastry Tart With Blue Cheese

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Get the Pear and Plum Puff Pastry Tart with Blue Cheese recipe from Foodie Crush

 

2 Bacon, Pear And Blue Cheese Macaroni With Caramelized Onions

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Get the Bacon, Pear and Blue Cheese Macaroni with Caramelized Onions recipe from Adventures in Cooking

 

3 Pear And Ginger Ricotta Cheesecake With Salted Caramel Drizzle

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Get the Pear and Ginger Ricotta Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Drizzle recipe from Manifest Vegan

 

4 Brown Sugar Pear Steel Cut Oats

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Get the Brown Sugar Pear Steel Cut Oats recipe from Minimalist Baker

 

5 Pear Nectar With Reposado Tequila

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Get the Pear Nectar with Reposado Tequila recipe from Cookie + Kate

 

6 Caramel & Sea Salt Pear Pancakes

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Get the Caramel & Sea Salt Pear Pancakes recipe from Cookin’ Canuck

7 Four Seasons Sparkling Punch
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Get the Four Seasons Sparkling Punch recipe from A Beautiful Mes
8 Spiced Pear Bundt Cake With A Brandy Vanilla Glaze
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9 Apple Pear Praline Pie
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Get the Apple Pear Praline Pie recipe from Completely Delicious
10 Pear Cranberry Crisp
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Get the Pear Cranberry Crisp recipe from Cookie + Kate
11 Pear Rosemary Danish
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Get the Pear Rosemary Danish recipe from Food52
12 Caramel Pears
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Get the Caramel Pears recipe from Oh, Bite It!
13 Broiled Feta With Caramelized Cinnamon Pears
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14 Braised Chuck With Pear, Chocolate And Ginger
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15 Sweet Potato Pear Soup
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Get the Sweet Potato Pear Soup recipe from Love and Lemons
16 Pear Frangipane Tart
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Get the Pear Frangipane Tart recipe from Beyond the Plate
17 Vanilla Bean Pancakes With Maple Butter Pears
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18 Herbed Magret De Canard Salad With Pears
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19 Sweet Pear And Rosemary Honey With Havarti Grilled Cheese
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20 Pear And Almond Chocolate Spice Bundt Cake
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