If you like drinking, perhaps you like snacking while doing so. What if there was a snack that could help you avoid a hangover? Well, in Japan there apparently is.
This winter, Japanese snack maker Koikeya is releasing a special hangover snack. They’re called “Ukoon” (ウコーン).
They look like Cheetos—or rather, the Cheeto-like snack Koikeya makes that are called “Scorn” (スコーン or Sukoon). Japanese site Gigazine recently tasted the tandoori chicken flavored Ukoon and said it might make a good drinking snack.
What makes this snack so special is that it contains “Ukon” powder. The drink Ukon no Chikara is sold in Japan and the rest of Asia to prevent hangovers. It contains curcumin, which as Strait Times explains, is the active ingredient of turmeric and is said to have anti-oxidant properties.
Update: July 4 - 4:00 am: As a reader has pointed out, the Strait Times link has been hijacked and thus, has been removed.
Some people swear by Ukon no Chikara. Others don’t and giggle because it reminds them of the word “unko” or “poop” in Japanese. I am one of those people. Sorry.
Basically, if you drink a bottle of Ukon no Chikara (“The Power of Ukon”), people say you’ll avoid a hangover. The trick is to have Ukon no Chikara before you booze or while you drink.
Well, that’s where the Ukoon comes in. The snack has 30 milligrams of curcumin mixed in, so if you eat a whole bag of this, you should avoid a hangover? Maybe? Hopefully?
Ukoon goes on sale in Japan early next month.
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