We’re all too familiar with the petty arguments that arise in relationships. Irritability and too much time spent together can cause couples to get testy with one another but spouses are at each other’s throats and it seems to stem from something else – hunger.
Studies show that munching on a protein bar might have more than the obvious health benefits; it might prevent an unnecessary argument with your significant other. “Hangry” is the term of the hour and it’s becoming an issue with couples if they don’t fill their bellies in an ample amount of time. A combination of hungry and angry, hangry husbands or wives are a force to be reckoned with.
Low blood sugar can make us touchy and sensitive to aggravation, researches show. Self-control relies on glucose, says researcher Brad Bushman of Ohio State University. When our glucose levels are low, uncontrolled anger is the emotion that results.
The recently released study surrounds 107 married couples that were examined for three weeks. Each night, their blood sugar levels were measured and afterwards, they were asked to stick pins in a voodoo doll representing their spouse. This was meant to be an indication of their levels of aggression.
Studies concluded that the lower the glucose levels, the more pins were stabbed into the voodoo doll. The spouses with the lowest levels pushed twice as many pins and twice as hard as those who had the highest blood sugar levels.
Researchers say there is a valid reason that links eating to emotion and that is that the brain, which is only a mere two percent of the body’s weight, consumers nearly 20 percent of our calories.
So next time you are about to get feisty with your spouse over whether you are going to watch the NHL Playoffs of Grey’s Anatomy, eat a candy bar. You don’t want to have to apologize for what you said when you were hangry.
(Source: Huffington Post)