New recipes

The Science Behind Your Insatiable Pickle Craving

The Science Behind Your Insatiable Pickle Craving

It makes a ton of biological sense

istockphoto.com

Why are those pickled cucumbers just so dang good?

The food has virtually no calories, mysteriously lasts in its off-tinted jar for years, and complements a cheeseburger perfectly. So why can’t you stop craving huge bites of one whole? Pickles are not just for pregnant women anymore — pickle cravings are one of the most common cravings around, and some devotees even go so far as to stock their pantries with a plethora of pickle-flavored snacks.

The craving seems random. I mean, what’s really so appealing about the simple snack of a pickled cucumber?

Is it the juice, which some people swear they slurp on its own? Is it the crunch, fabled to pair fantastically well with a slice of greasy pizza?

There’s a chance it’s all of these things — but here’s the real root of the phenomenon. When you break it down and assess what a pickle does for your body, it makes complete biological sense. Pickles are the ultimate cure to some of the most common woes.

Stomach issues are endlessly common; there are over a dozen everyday foods that can make you bloat. The brine of pickle juice is highly acidic. Like the fabled elixir of apple cider vinegar, it imposes a balancing effect on your digestive system, easing your indigestion and preventing painful side effects such as heartburn, constipation, or even bloating.

Pickles are also way high in sodium — which might not be such a bad thing. Sodium means electrolytes. So if you’re dehydrated, sipping your tall glass of water with a side of pickle brine could help you absorb more water.

So dehydration and indigestion — two of the most typical health issues out there — are both mitigated with a crisp, cool cucumber soaked in vinegar. So go ahead and chow down, and read up about 14 other of your weird cravings explained.


Why Pickle Juice Is the Ultimate Hangover Remedy, According to Science

“I’ve tried every remedy in the book, and none of them have been able to stifle the crazed hangover zombie that takes over my body every morning after a long night out. Advil, water, sports drinks…continuing to drink more alcohol…none of them have ever come through for me when I feel like death and need to somehow make it to class.

And seriously? PICKLE JUICE?? The thought alone of those floating green monsters is enough to make me wanna vom.”

Yes. Pickle juice is certainly an acquired taste. But research has shown that the age-old trick employed by those vodka-chugging Russians of drinking pickle juice to prevent and/or treat a hangover may actually have some merit. Before you work on trying to fix your hangover though, it helps to understand what is actually happening to your body when you feel one coming on.

You may think that tossing back shots all night is providing your body with fluids, but that is so far from the truth. Oh you had a vodka cranberry? And there was ice in it? So you’re hydrated? Nope, you’re not. Sorry.

Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it literally drains water out of you. So no matter how much “liquid” you’re consuming–and come on, we know it’s a lot–you are still ridding your body of all the good stuff that keeps it hydrated when you hit the bars. Hello, headache that might actually split your head in two.

Here’s the exciting news: you can prevent a hangover headache by tossing back around ¼ cup of pickle juice either right before you hit the sheets or first thing when you wake up in the morning. The salt and vinegar in the pickle juice, aka the brine, will cause your body to start storing water and restoring electrolytes to put your body back in balance.

Sounds ridiculous, I know, but Dr. Oz swears by it, so I’m willing to jump on board. I also love pickles.

Next time you have a marathon night out and become a little too friendly with the Svedka, pinch your nose and toss back some pickle juice (preferably when you are still drunk), because it’s so crazy it just might work.

Hangover still hanging around? Check out these articles for more tips:


Why Pickle Juice Is the Ultimate Hangover Remedy, According to Science

“I’ve tried every remedy in the book, and none of them have been able to stifle the crazed hangover zombie that takes over my body every morning after a long night out. Advil, water, sports drinks…continuing to drink more alcohol…none of them have ever come through for me when I feel like death and need to somehow make it to class.

And seriously? PICKLE JUICE?? The thought alone of those floating green monsters is enough to make me wanna vom.”

Yes. Pickle juice is certainly an acquired taste. But research has shown that the age-old trick employed by those vodka-chugging Russians of drinking pickle juice to prevent and/or treat a hangover may actually have some merit. Before you work on trying to fix your hangover though, it helps to understand what is actually happening to your body when you feel one coming on.

You may think that tossing back shots all night is providing your body with fluids, but that is so far from the truth. Oh you had a vodka cranberry? And there was ice in it? So you’re hydrated? Nope, you’re not. Sorry.

Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it literally drains water out of you. So no matter how much “liquid” you’re consuming–and come on, we know it’s a lot–you are still ridding your body of all the good stuff that keeps it hydrated when you hit the bars. Hello, headache that might actually split your head in two.

Here’s the exciting news: you can prevent a hangover headache by tossing back around ¼ cup of pickle juice either right before you hit the sheets or first thing when you wake up in the morning. The salt and vinegar in the pickle juice, aka the brine, will cause your body to start storing water and restoring electrolytes to put your body back in balance.

Sounds ridiculous, I know, but Dr. Oz swears by it, so I’m willing to jump on board. I also love pickles.

Next time you have a marathon night out and become a little too friendly with the Svedka, pinch your nose and toss back some pickle juice (preferably when you are still drunk), because it’s so crazy it just might work.

Hangover still hanging around? Check out these articles for more tips:


Why Pickle Juice Is the Ultimate Hangover Remedy, According to Science

“I’ve tried every remedy in the book, and none of them have been able to stifle the crazed hangover zombie that takes over my body every morning after a long night out. Advil, water, sports drinks…continuing to drink more alcohol…none of them have ever come through for me when I feel like death and need to somehow make it to class.

And seriously? PICKLE JUICE?? The thought alone of those floating green monsters is enough to make me wanna vom.”

Yes. Pickle juice is certainly an acquired taste. But research has shown that the age-old trick employed by those vodka-chugging Russians of drinking pickle juice to prevent and/or treat a hangover may actually have some merit. Before you work on trying to fix your hangover though, it helps to understand what is actually happening to your body when you feel one coming on.

You may think that tossing back shots all night is providing your body with fluids, but that is so far from the truth. Oh you had a vodka cranberry? And there was ice in it? So you’re hydrated? Nope, you’re not. Sorry.

Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it literally drains water out of you. So no matter how much “liquid” you’re consuming–and come on, we know it’s a lot–you are still ridding your body of all the good stuff that keeps it hydrated when you hit the bars. Hello, headache that might actually split your head in two.

Here’s the exciting news: you can prevent a hangover headache by tossing back around ¼ cup of pickle juice either right before you hit the sheets or first thing when you wake up in the morning. The salt and vinegar in the pickle juice, aka the brine, will cause your body to start storing water and restoring electrolytes to put your body back in balance.

Sounds ridiculous, I know, but Dr. Oz swears by it, so I’m willing to jump on board. I also love pickles.

Next time you have a marathon night out and become a little too friendly with the Svedka, pinch your nose and toss back some pickle juice (preferably when you are still drunk), because it’s so crazy it just might work.

Hangover still hanging around? Check out these articles for more tips:


Why Pickle Juice Is the Ultimate Hangover Remedy, According to Science

“I’ve tried every remedy in the book, and none of them have been able to stifle the crazed hangover zombie that takes over my body every morning after a long night out. Advil, water, sports drinks…continuing to drink more alcohol…none of them have ever come through for me when I feel like death and need to somehow make it to class.

And seriously? PICKLE JUICE?? The thought alone of those floating green monsters is enough to make me wanna vom.”

Yes. Pickle juice is certainly an acquired taste. But research has shown that the age-old trick employed by those vodka-chugging Russians of drinking pickle juice to prevent and/or treat a hangover may actually have some merit. Before you work on trying to fix your hangover though, it helps to understand what is actually happening to your body when you feel one coming on.

You may think that tossing back shots all night is providing your body with fluids, but that is so far from the truth. Oh you had a vodka cranberry? And there was ice in it? So you’re hydrated? Nope, you’re not. Sorry.

Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it literally drains water out of you. So no matter how much “liquid” you’re consuming–and come on, we know it’s a lot–you are still ridding your body of all the good stuff that keeps it hydrated when you hit the bars. Hello, headache that might actually split your head in two.

Here’s the exciting news: you can prevent a hangover headache by tossing back around ¼ cup of pickle juice either right before you hit the sheets or first thing when you wake up in the morning. The salt and vinegar in the pickle juice, aka the brine, will cause your body to start storing water and restoring electrolytes to put your body back in balance.

Sounds ridiculous, I know, but Dr. Oz swears by it, so I’m willing to jump on board. I also love pickles.

Next time you have a marathon night out and become a little too friendly with the Svedka, pinch your nose and toss back some pickle juice (preferably when you are still drunk), because it’s so crazy it just might work.

Hangover still hanging around? Check out these articles for more tips:


Why Pickle Juice Is the Ultimate Hangover Remedy, According to Science

“I’ve tried every remedy in the book, and none of them have been able to stifle the crazed hangover zombie that takes over my body every morning after a long night out. Advil, water, sports drinks…continuing to drink more alcohol…none of them have ever come through for me when I feel like death and need to somehow make it to class.

And seriously? PICKLE JUICE?? The thought alone of those floating green monsters is enough to make me wanna vom.”

Yes. Pickle juice is certainly an acquired taste. But research has shown that the age-old trick employed by those vodka-chugging Russians of drinking pickle juice to prevent and/or treat a hangover may actually have some merit. Before you work on trying to fix your hangover though, it helps to understand what is actually happening to your body when you feel one coming on.

You may think that tossing back shots all night is providing your body with fluids, but that is so far from the truth. Oh you had a vodka cranberry? And there was ice in it? So you’re hydrated? Nope, you’re not. Sorry.

Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it literally drains water out of you. So no matter how much “liquid” you’re consuming–and come on, we know it’s a lot–you are still ridding your body of all the good stuff that keeps it hydrated when you hit the bars. Hello, headache that might actually split your head in two.

Here’s the exciting news: you can prevent a hangover headache by tossing back around ¼ cup of pickle juice either right before you hit the sheets or first thing when you wake up in the morning. The salt and vinegar in the pickle juice, aka the brine, will cause your body to start storing water and restoring electrolytes to put your body back in balance.

Sounds ridiculous, I know, but Dr. Oz swears by it, so I’m willing to jump on board. I also love pickles.

Next time you have a marathon night out and become a little too friendly with the Svedka, pinch your nose and toss back some pickle juice (preferably when you are still drunk), because it’s so crazy it just might work.

Hangover still hanging around? Check out these articles for more tips:


Why Pickle Juice Is the Ultimate Hangover Remedy, According to Science

“I’ve tried every remedy in the book, and none of them have been able to stifle the crazed hangover zombie that takes over my body every morning after a long night out. Advil, water, sports drinks…continuing to drink more alcohol…none of them have ever come through for me when I feel like death and need to somehow make it to class.

And seriously? PICKLE JUICE?? The thought alone of those floating green monsters is enough to make me wanna vom.”

Yes. Pickle juice is certainly an acquired taste. But research has shown that the age-old trick employed by those vodka-chugging Russians of drinking pickle juice to prevent and/or treat a hangover may actually have some merit. Before you work on trying to fix your hangover though, it helps to understand what is actually happening to your body when you feel one coming on.

You may think that tossing back shots all night is providing your body with fluids, but that is so far from the truth. Oh you had a vodka cranberry? And there was ice in it? So you’re hydrated? Nope, you’re not. Sorry.

Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it literally drains water out of you. So no matter how much “liquid” you’re consuming–and come on, we know it’s a lot–you are still ridding your body of all the good stuff that keeps it hydrated when you hit the bars. Hello, headache that might actually split your head in two.

Here’s the exciting news: you can prevent a hangover headache by tossing back around ¼ cup of pickle juice either right before you hit the sheets or first thing when you wake up in the morning. The salt and vinegar in the pickle juice, aka the brine, will cause your body to start storing water and restoring electrolytes to put your body back in balance.

Sounds ridiculous, I know, but Dr. Oz swears by it, so I’m willing to jump on board. I also love pickles.

Next time you have a marathon night out and become a little too friendly with the Svedka, pinch your nose and toss back some pickle juice (preferably when you are still drunk), because it’s so crazy it just might work.

Hangover still hanging around? Check out these articles for more tips:


Why Pickle Juice Is the Ultimate Hangover Remedy, According to Science

“I’ve tried every remedy in the book, and none of them have been able to stifle the crazed hangover zombie that takes over my body every morning after a long night out. Advil, water, sports drinks…continuing to drink more alcohol…none of them have ever come through for me when I feel like death and need to somehow make it to class.

And seriously? PICKLE JUICE?? The thought alone of those floating green monsters is enough to make me wanna vom.”

Yes. Pickle juice is certainly an acquired taste. But research has shown that the age-old trick employed by those vodka-chugging Russians of drinking pickle juice to prevent and/or treat a hangover may actually have some merit. Before you work on trying to fix your hangover though, it helps to understand what is actually happening to your body when you feel one coming on.

You may think that tossing back shots all night is providing your body with fluids, but that is so far from the truth. Oh you had a vodka cranberry? And there was ice in it? So you’re hydrated? Nope, you’re not. Sorry.

Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it literally drains water out of you. So no matter how much “liquid” you’re consuming–and come on, we know it’s a lot–you are still ridding your body of all the good stuff that keeps it hydrated when you hit the bars. Hello, headache that might actually split your head in two.

Here’s the exciting news: you can prevent a hangover headache by tossing back around ¼ cup of pickle juice either right before you hit the sheets or first thing when you wake up in the morning. The salt and vinegar in the pickle juice, aka the brine, will cause your body to start storing water and restoring electrolytes to put your body back in balance.

Sounds ridiculous, I know, but Dr. Oz swears by it, so I’m willing to jump on board. I also love pickles.

Next time you have a marathon night out and become a little too friendly with the Svedka, pinch your nose and toss back some pickle juice (preferably when you are still drunk), because it’s so crazy it just might work.

Hangover still hanging around? Check out these articles for more tips:


Why Pickle Juice Is the Ultimate Hangover Remedy, According to Science

“I’ve tried every remedy in the book, and none of them have been able to stifle the crazed hangover zombie that takes over my body every morning after a long night out. Advil, water, sports drinks…continuing to drink more alcohol…none of them have ever come through for me when I feel like death and need to somehow make it to class.

And seriously? PICKLE JUICE?? The thought alone of those floating green monsters is enough to make me wanna vom.”

Yes. Pickle juice is certainly an acquired taste. But research has shown that the age-old trick employed by those vodka-chugging Russians of drinking pickle juice to prevent and/or treat a hangover may actually have some merit. Before you work on trying to fix your hangover though, it helps to understand what is actually happening to your body when you feel one coming on.

You may think that tossing back shots all night is providing your body with fluids, but that is so far from the truth. Oh you had a vodka cranberry? And there was ice in it? So you’re hydrated? Nope, you’re not. Sorry.

Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it literally drains water out of you. So no matter how much “liquid” you’re consuming–and come on, we know it’s a lot–you are still ridding your body of all the good stuff that keeps it hydrated when you hit the bars. Hello, headache that might actually split your head in two.

Here’s the exciting news: you can prevent a hangover headache by tossing back around ¼ cup of pickle juice either right before you hit the sheets or first thing when you wake up in the morning. The salt and vinegar in the pickle juice, aka the brine, will cause your body to start storing water and restoring electrolytes to put your body back in balance.

Sounds ridiculous, I know, but Dr. Oz swears by it, so I’m willing to jump on board. I also love pickles.

Next time you have a marathon night out and become a little too friendly with the Svedka, pinch your nose and toss back some pickle juice (preferably when you are still drunk), because it’s so crazy it just might work.

Hangover still hanging around? Check out these articles for more tips:


Why Pickle Juice Is the Ultimate Hangover Remedy, According to Science

“I’ve tried every remedy in the book, and none of them have been able to stifle the crazed hangover zombie that takes over my body every morning after a long night out. Advil, water, sports drinks…continuing to drink more alcohol…none of them have ever come through for me when I feel like death and need to somehow make it to class.

And seriously? PICKLE JUICE?? The thought alone of those floating green monsters is enough to make me wanna vom.”

Yes. Pickle juice is certainly an acquired taste. But research has shown that the age-old trick employed by those vodka-chugging Russians of drinking pickle juice to prevent and/or treat a hangover may actually have some merit. Before you work on trying to fix your hangover though, it helps to understand what is actually happening to your body when you feel one coming on.

You may think that tossing back shots all night is providing your body with fluids, but that is so far from the truth. Oh you had a vodka cranberry? And there was ice in it? So you’re hydrated? Nope, you’re not. Sorry.

Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it literally drains water out of you. So no matter how much “liquid” you’re consuming–and come on, we know it’s a lot–you are still ridding your body of all the good stuff that keeps it hydrated when you hit the bars. Hello, headache that might actually split your head in two.

Here’s the exciting news: you can prevent a hangover headache by tossing back around ¼ cup of pickle juice either right before you hit the sheets or first thing when you wake up in the morning. The salt and vinegar in the pickle juice, aka the brine, will cause your body to start storing water and restoring electrolytes to put your body back in balance.

Sounds ridiculous, I know, but Dr. Oz swears by it, so I’m willing to jump on board. I also love pickles.

Next time you have a marathon night out and become a little too friendly with the Svedka, pinch your nose and toss back some pickle juice (preferably when you are still drunk), because it’s so crazy it just might work.

Hangover still hanging around? Check out these articles for more tips:


Why Pickle Juice Is the Ultimate Hangover Remedy, According to Science

“I’ve tried every remedy in the book, and none of them have been able to stifle the crazed hangover zombie that takes over my body every morning after a long night out. Advil, water, sports drinks…continuing to drink more alcohol…none of them have ever come through for me when I feel like death and need to somehow make it to class.

And seriously? PICKLE JUICE?? The thought alone of those floating green monsters is enough to make me wanna vom.”

Yes. Pickle juice is certainly an acquired taste. But research has shown that the age-old trick employed by those vodka-chugging Russians of drinking pickle juice to prevent and/or treat a hangover may actually have some merit. Before you work on trying to fix your hangover though, it helps to understand what is actually happening to your body when you feel one coming on.

You may think that tossing back shots all night is providing your body with fluids, but that is so far from the truth. Oh you had a vodka cranberry? And there was ice in it? So you’re hydrated? Nope, you’re not. Sorry.

Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it literally drains water out of you. So no matter how much “liquid” you’re consuming–and come on, we know it’s a lot–you are still ridding your body of all the good stuff that keeps it hydrated when you hit the bars. Hello, headache that might actually split your head in two.

Here’s the exciting news: you can prevent a hangover headache by tossing back around ¼ cup of pickle juice either right before you hit the sheets or first thing when you wake up in the morning. The salt and vinegar in the pickle juice, aka the brine, will cause your body to start storing water and restoring electrolytes to put your body back in balance.

Sounds ridiculous, I know, but Dr. Oz swears by it, so I’m willing to jump on board. I also love pickles.

Next time you have a marathon night out and become a little too friendly with the Svedka, pinch your nose and toss back some pickle juice (preferably when you are still drunk), because it’s so crazy it just might work.

Hangover still hanging around? Check out these articles for more tips:


Watch the video: The Amazing Benefits of Pickle Juice. (October 2021).