Hungover? New research suggests you may want to reach for a can of Sprite. A study published in the September 2013 issue of Food and Function showed that chemicals in the non-caffeinated beverage can halt that awful next-day feeling. While drinking too much alcohol could certainly lead to a hangover, the booze itself isn’t the culprit — it’s how it’s broken down. The authors point out that when the liver processes alcohol (also known as ethanol) it creates several chemical byproducts. One is called acetaldehyde, which causes the feelings of a hangover. Acetaldehyde eventually turns into acetate, which does not cause hangover symptoms and can provide some benefits like extra energy.
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