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