Mad or Angry at Your Spouse? Eat Something!

Next time you feel the urge to lash out at your partner, grab a snack before venting. You may be “hangry”. Yes, it’s a real thing – feeling hungry and angry at the same time.

Researchers have suspected, since the 1960’s that low blood sugar levels increase anger and aggression. Two studies, 2010 and 2011 supported this conclusion, but researchers wanted to see if the connection still held up with romantic couples.

Brad Bushman of Ohio State University along with colleagues from University of Kentucky and North Carolina conducted a study in 2014. The researchers enlisted 107 married couples and tested their glucose and anger levels over 21 days.  Each partner was given blood glucose meters so they could test their glucose levels in the morning and at night before bed.

To test anger, the couples were given voodoo dolls along with 51 pins. At the end of the day, each partner stuck as many pins into the doll as was necessary to represent their feelings of anger toward their partner.  The couples also played a game against each other where the winner had the option to blast loud noises into the loser’s headphones.

Individuals with low glucose levels were more likely to blast loud noises in their partner’s ears and stick more than double the pins into their voodoo dolls.

Who knew the solution to your last argument with your partner could be so simple – a sandwich!

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