Here are the foods you should eat before you start drinking

South Africans love their alcohol! Recent studies have shown that based on our alcohol consumption per litre, we are in the top 10 of the most alcohol consuming nations in the world.

While this trend seems not to be declining, many medical experts agree that eating before drinking is important. before we consume alcohol is important as alcohol is known to eat the lining of the stomach.

According to Healthline magazine, these are some of the foods one needs to eat before consuming alcohol:

1. Eggs

Eggs are highly nutritious and filling, packing seven grams of protein. Snacking on protein-rich foods like eggs before drinking alcohol can help slow the emptying of your stomach and delay alcohol absorption. Plus, protein is the most filling macronutrient, keeping you feeling fuller for longer, which can reduce your risk of alcohol-induced food binges later in the night.

2. Bananas

Bananas are an excellent, portable snack to have on hand before drinking to help slow alcohol absorption into your bloodstream. Bananas are high in potassium, which prevent electrolyte imbalances associated with drinking alcohol.

3. Avocados

Rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, avocados are one of the best foods you can eat before drinking alcohol. That’s because fat takes much longer to digest than protein or carbs, which can help slow the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream.

4. Greek yoghurt

Greek yoghurt offers the perfect balance of protein, fat, and carbs. Greek yoghurt is one of the best foods you can eat before a night of drinking. The yoghurt offers protein, which is especially key as it’s digested slowly and can minimise the effects of alcohol on your body by slowing its absorption.

5. Berries

Berries like strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries are loaded with essential nutrients, including fibre, manganese, and vitamins C and K. Berries are also rich in water, helping you stay hydrated, which minimises the effects of alcohol and prevents dehydration.

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