Salmonella, Shmalmonella—Eat Raw Eggs to Cure Your Hangover

Chef Christian knows how to drink and he did it well last night. Can six raw eggs doused in Worcestershire sauce help get rid of the hangover he’s feeling today?

Released on 10/6/2014

Transcript

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[Keller] Can a raw egg cure a hangover?
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[Fran] We've created a facility to test
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the world's greatest hangover cures,
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and we're testing 'em all.
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I'm Dr. Keller Wortham, Doctor of Internal Medicine.
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I'm Fran Kranz, I'm not a doctor,
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but I've been hungover a lot.
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Welcome to the GQ Hangover Lab.
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(electric guitar music)
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Christian Page. Christian.
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How late were you up?
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Probably, I don't know 4:30-5:00.
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Maybe we can retrace the night through images.
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Okay here we are. We're at a bar, right?
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[Christian] I was at the Santa Anita racetrack.
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Was this in the daytime?
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That was, yeah.
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What are we drinking, whiskey?
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Bourbon.
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I can't see what you're drinkin' in that picture,
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but again you're in nice company.
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I'm just drinkin' it all in.
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What's the hangover feeling like?
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It's a little bit right here, and a little bit right here.
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(laughs)
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You drank for a long period of time
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so the drinks that you had earlier in the day
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have already broken down into some
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of the metabolic products that cause a hangover.
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We did the breathalyzer, you blew a point one three,
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which means in addition to being hungover
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you're still quite intoxicated,
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and then we brought you to Fran's special
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motor skills testing.
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Oh yeah, my favorite contraption.
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You have to flick the ball into the wooden cup hole.
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Given where you are from a blood alcohol level,
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I was impressed that you got even two.
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I think we have a special cure for you today,
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especially as a chef you might appreciate
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the organic crudeness of it.
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Yeah, absolutely. You wanna get to it?
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Definitely.
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Okay sweet. Right on.
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Christian knows how to drink. He probably does it a lot.
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He's in the food industry, that's common.
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So him at a point one three he's actually a lot less drunk
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than you or I would be, certainly.
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Or certainly me, I don't know.
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[Fran] No but he's got a little bit of a headache,
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he's a little fuzzy but he wants
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to kinda shoot the shit more than sort of focus
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on any of the tasks at hand.
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[Keller] So we've got an interesting cure for him today.
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[Fran] Yes.
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We've got the prairie oyster.
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Prairie oyster.
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This is new to me.
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Really excited about this one, this is an old one,
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it's the raw egg, Tabasco, Worcester, salt, and pepper.
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This is a real old hangover cure.
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There's a protein in egg called cysteine that helps
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speed up the metabolism of one of the byproducts of alcohol,
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so it speeds up the nasty chemical called acetaldehyde
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that gives us a hangover so you can excrete it faster,
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but it doesn't speed up the metabolism of
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actual ethanol, or the alcohol.
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My hypothesis with these prairie oysters is
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it's gonna marginally speed up his ability to get rid
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of the hangover inducing chemicals,
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but it's not really going to help him
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clear the alcohol any faster.
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So prairie oysters.
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(laughs)
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What exactly is a prairie oyster.
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A cure as old as the 15th century.
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Just tell me when to go, Chef.
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(cough)
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[Fran] Wow, you can take your time.
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Oh, alright.
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[Kellen] That's impressive. That's really impressive
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(clapping)
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Okay, wow.
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Feelin' better already.
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(laughter)
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You've never eaten six raw eggs before.
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To be honest I don't really eat raw eggs ever.
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It's like a thing I have.
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[Kellen] Let's see if it works.
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Your blood pressure dropped, it's 160 over 90,
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104 for the pulse, your heart rate is still up,
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I imagine you're still a little bit dehydrated.
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Point one three. That's where your body lives.
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(laughs)
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So I think we need to check Fran's favorite game.
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We need to go flick some balls.
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You've got one minute to put that ball
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in that cup as many times as you can.
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Ready, go.
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Great start.
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Two. Two.
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Great start. Amazing.
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Oh.
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Four. Four.
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Wow.
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Six. Six.
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I mean, I'm impressed.
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Six eggs, six flicked balls.
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Should we go sit down and talk about this?
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Yeah. Let's marvel at it. Let's go.
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Egg champion and the ball flicking champion.
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Here's the deal. Acetaldehyde is a nasty breakdown
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product of ethanol that's 30 times more toxic than ethanol
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and it accumulates in your body and makes you feel like shit
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it needs to be further metabolized
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on to water and carbon dioxide,
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but to do that it needs this thing called glutathione.
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It eats up all this glutathione and the only way
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to make more glutathione is to eat cysteine.
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[Fran] That's in the egg. And cysteine is in the egg.
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Now there are some other things
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in a prairie oyster besides just the egg.
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The salt is gonna replace your electrolytes,
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the Tabasco has capsaicin which is actually an analgesic
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or a pain reliever, and you get a little bit
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of Worcestershire to make your body less acidic.
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So there's your lecture on alcohol metabolism for the day.
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I'm hoping that didn't make your headache worse.
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Actually I feel way better, to be honest.
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This is kinda gone.
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Christian, we definitely learned a lot.
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I'm gonna grade the prairie oyster. I'm gonna give it a B.
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Maybe a B minus, this is why:
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Cysteine, the protein, the amino acid there in the eggs,
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has been shown to increase your metabolism
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of these nasty products that cause a hangover
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but you don't have to eat a raw egg to get it.
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In fact you get more cysteine in a cooked egg.
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So don't worry about grossing yourself out,
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or risking getting salmonella. Eat a hard boiled egg.
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Or lots of them Really?
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And you'll be better off.
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I'm gonna go A minus. The prairie oyster with the beer
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a little hair of the dog, a highly caloric beer,
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I think that's your A hangover cure.
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Why don't we invent the hard boiled prairie oyster.
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Yeah but we gotta come up with a name.
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The prairie rock?
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Prairie rock.
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I'm Dr. Keller Wortham. I'm Fran Kranz.
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Thanks for visiting the GQ Hangover Lab.
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