Is Apple Juice Really an Effective Hangover Cure?
Can a juice box solve your hangover woes? Some people think a new study says yes. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a new and healthy reason to drink more apple juice. followed 650 Toronto children who were suffering the effects of a stomach bug. These symptoms included vomiting and dehydration.
The children in the study were randomly given either apple juice diluted with some water or an electrolyte-based beverage like Pedialyte. In the end, of the children who had the juice, 2.5% needed further IV rehydration, while 9% of those in the electrolyte group needed further rehydration.
While this offers a healthy, more cost-effective option for helping kids suffering from stomach flus, there is also some thought that it could provide a tasty and cost-effective way for adults to beat back hangovers. Terrible mornings after are caused, after all, primarily by dehydration.
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But one expert says it's a suggestion of dubious rewards. For children with stomach viruses or gastroenteritis, the main concern is replacing the fluids and electrolytes lost from diarrhea/vomiting. “Often, something like Pedialyte will be used as it's low in sugar but adequate in sodium and zinc at levels that are required to replace the electrolytes lost from diarrhea and vomiting. For kids, diluting apple juice with water will meet the low sugar requirements for a replacement drink (excess sugar can exacerbate the dehydration caused by vomiting and diarrhea) but it still doesn't provide as much sodium and zinc as something like Pedialyte,” says Alix Turoff, RD, of Top Balance Nutrition in New York. This is a fact that does not seem to be lost on Pedialyte by the way, which started marketing itself as a hangover cure last year. Now who wants some naturally and artificially flavored orange drink?