Could eating pears cure a hangover?

Some foods activate the enzymes that break down alcohol - at least in the lab, say researchers

Researchers hope that curing a hangover may be as simple as eating cheese and tomato, washed down with a glass of pear juice, sweet lime and coconut water.


The Indian food scientists have screened a range of foods and spices to see whether they increase the activity in the lab of two key enzymes: alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH).

Both are important for the catabolism of alcohol and its breakdown product, acetaldehyde.


“Acetaldehyde build-up has been attributed as a major