Hangover Cure Ice Cream Is A Real Thing
But can you buy it at your local Woolies?
At some point or another, we've all endured the lingering effects of a big night out -- you know the kind! And while most of us would probably say it was all worth it, the painful after effects can be debilitating to the point where even the simplest of tasks are a challenge.
Well, don't hang up your dance shoes just yet because the dreary morning after malaise is soon to be a thing of the past -- thanks to a revolutionary ice-cream bar that's reportedly so powerful that it can cure the effects of even the messiest of nights out -- praise the lord.
The South Korean milky treat, known as the Gyeondyo-bar, which aptly translates to "hang in there" was developed by a local convenience store chain as a means to provide cold comfort to the country's alcohol-guzzling people.
It's no wonder the iced delight has become a reality, though, given that drinking is such a popular pastime in South Korea -- so much so that hangover cures are a booming business -- a 150 billion dollar business to be exact, Reuters reports.
What's more, the World Heath Organisation even revealed that South Koreans drink 12.3 litres of booze a year -- the most out of any other country in the Asia-Pacific.
Among the other weird and wonderful remedies being mass produced to evade the dreaded hangover is the country's most popular beverage, Hut-gae Condition, which according to the company's website, promises to "quickly relieve hangovers after drinking".
But we digress ... back to the ice cream!
It's thought the key ingredient that makes the grapefruit-flavoured bar so effective is the small amount of oriental raisin tree fruit juice, which according to Medical Daily, has been used as a traditional Korean hangover cure since the 1600s. That said, the sweet-tasting bar is the first time we've ever seen it produced commercially.
A Journal of Neuroscience study revealed that in lab testing the juice's ability to halt a hangover lies in dihydromyricetin (DHM), a chemical that's proven to break the cycle of alcohol addition.
“DHM will reduce the degree of drunkenness for the amount of alcohol drunk and will definitely reduce the hangover symptoms,” said the study’s lead researcher Jing Liang, a pharmacologist at UCLA.
While the ice-cream is a welcomed delight for South Koreans, unfortunately, you won't be seeing it in the freezer section at Woolies or Coles any time soon -- so you'll have to stick to a more traditional hangover cure for the time being.
Back to the double chocolate-chip cookie dough ice-cream for us.
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