Why it works: All foods slow the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream, and high-fiber foods, like vegetables, are particularly effective
at it, says David Grotto, a Chicago-based registered dietitian and the author of The Best Things You Can Eat ($16, amazon.com). They’re especially beneficial before Champagne or liquors with fizzy mixers, since carbonation can speed your uptake of
Plan of attack: Before (or while) you imbibe, have a meal or snack that includes produce and a whole grain. Consider putting asparagus on the menu: In a 2009 study published in the Journal of Food Science, an extract of this vegetable more than doubled the activity of the enzymes that break down alcohol.