A food chemist at the University of California Davis has found a soup popular in New Orleans for helping ease hangovers actually lives up to its reputation. Known as yakamein, the soup combines beef brisket, spaghetti noodles, hard-boiled egg, soy sauce, green onions and hot sauce. The mix of salt and fat, along with B-complex vitamins and a chemical called cysteine, are key to the soup's sobering effects, the food chemist's analysis found.

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