When we think PMS, we think chocolate. Tissues. Romantic comedies (preferably starring Ryan Gosling). Those Got Milk? ads with a bunch of guys looking terrified. Turns out that all that time spent buying into gender stereotypes should’ve been spent buying pork and beans instead. No, not the song by Weezer. We’re talking the actual meal.
Both pork and beans contain thiamine and riboflavin, which researchers at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst are saying may help with the symptoms of PMS. Apparently, “women who consumed 1.9 milligrams of thiamine and 2.5 milligrams of riboflavin per day had a twenty-five to thirty-five percent lower risk of developing PMS.” Since it’s well-documented that PMS is about one hundred percent awful, those numbers look pretty good to us.
More importantly, women who took riboflavin and thiamine supplements didn’t see the same results as the women who just ate pork and beans, meaning this is one problem that a pill can’t fix. The jury’s still out on whether or not PMS (and world) problems can be solved with a bunch of chocolate and a screening of The Notebook, but in the meantime we’ll be over here eating a bowl of pork and beans and listening to Weezer. Just in case.