Probably many of you do know, but I didn’t. While browsing through Ketzel Levine’s lively Talking Plants blog, I found a comment from the endearingly-named “Mom” about kudzu. Mom points out that an extract of kudzu can help cure binge drinking. Several studies—including a Harvard University study—speculate that a substance in kudzu, puerarin, increases blood alcohol concentration, causing the drinker to feel satiated earlier and drink less, cutting his or her intake by as much as half.
That is big news, and I’m surprised I’ve never heard much about it. Makes me think that it was later debunked, as the article I saw when I googled this up was from 2005. You have to wonder about the possibilities of such plants as kudzu and silver lace vine (Polygonum auberti). These are such fast-growing plants. We don’t have kudzu here, but I could swear my neighbor’s silver lace vine is not just aggressive. It seems to have a plan—when I cut off one method of ingress, it find another one, a sneakier, harder-to-notice one. Maybe I should look into distilling it.
I’ll let you know when I’m able to leap tall buildings at a single bound. In the meantime, the kudzu is ready to go, so maybe I’ll pick some up. A money-saver if nothing else!
P.S. Speak of the devil. I just noticed that NPR ran something about this today! Could Mom have been the impetus. If so, here’s how to get something on NPR–post on Levine’s blog!Posted by Elizabeth Licata on August 5, 2007 at 1:00 pm, in the category Eat This.