If you're vegan, get ready: your hangovers will be much worse

More and more people choose lead a vegan lifestyle, either because of an ethical and moral issue or because they simply prefer a healthier a priori option. If you are one of them, however, we have bad news for you: Do you like to go out for drinks with some frequency? Then maybe you should rethink eating meat again.

A new study has found that vegetarians and vegans may experience more severe hangovers than those who eat meat. "So that was it!" You exclaim as you put your hands to your head. Effectively. Published in the 'Journal of Clinical Medicine', researchers at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, they analyzed the consequences of alcohol consumption in 13 social drinkers.

Friday night problems

It sounds surreal but it was; In total, 23 hangover symptoms were monitored in the participants After a night of drinking that included the classics that you surely know perfectly: headaches, nausea, palpitations, vomiting, dizziness, sweating, sensitivity to light and sound and thirst. Throughout the study the 'guinea pigs' had to record everything they ate.

The investigation concluded that people who had less nicotinic acid (also known as vitamin B3) and zinc in their diets suffered more severe hangovers. In particular the low consumption of the second is significantly associated with vomiting, and the low content of the former produces more severe hangover symptoms, the researchers reported.

Zinc is most commonly found in meat, shellfish and legumes. Vitamin B3 is common in animal products such as meat, chicken and fish, as well as whole grains, peanuts, avocado and mushrooms. According to the researchers, it is quite common to hear vegans say they have a lower tolerance for alcohol. "Nicotinic acid and zinc are necessary to break down ethanol, which is alcohol, in acetaldehyde, "said gastroenterologist Rabia De LaTour in 'New York Post'," you need these two nutrients to digest alcohol, it makes sense that, if you are missing, you will experience a worse hangover. "

Nicotinic acid and zinc are necessary to break down ethanol. If we are missing, our hangovers will be worse

But taking a lot of zinc is not a definitive cure for a Saturday night. The genetic makeup, total food intake and other factors can also determine how you will experience the hangover. The doctor also warns that The 'hangover cures' should not be trusted They are sold in some places.

Of course, if your convictions are stronger than your bad hangovers, remember that the benefits of a vegan diet are also many, according to other studies: it has been shown that reduces the risk of heart disease By eating foods that contain less saturated fat, you could play an important role in reducing migraines and also help you lose weight. The only thing is that you will have to be more careful when have several drinks Friday nights.