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Hangry: The nasty combination of being of hungry and angry

Have you ever been hungry and angry at the same time? As it turns out, being "hangry" can make people more likely to be angry at their significant others.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 12:28 p.m.

As it turns out, being hangry - so hungry that you become angry - could be ruining your relationship and causing you to fight with your significant other.

Recent studies by Ohio State University psychologist Brad Bushman showed that having low blood sugar, or glucose, caused couples to be angrier at each other than couples with higher levels of blood sugar, NPR Morning Edition reported.

Bushman tested the glucose levels of 107 volunteer couples. Then he sent them home with voodoo dolls and 51 pins.

"We told the participants this doll represented their spouse, and that every night before they went to bed they should stab the doll with pins depending on how angry they were with their spouse," Bushman told NPR. "So the more pins they put in the doll, the angrier they were with their spouse."

After three weeks, Bushman noticed that the individuals with lower blood glucose levels stuck more pins inside the voodoo dolls, NPR reported.

A follow up study showed the individuals with lower blood glucose levels also subjected their spouses to grating, loud blasts of noise.

"The take-home message from this [study] would be to make sure you're not hungry when you talk about important issues with your spouse," Bushman told NPR.

But eating a candy bar or other food isn't a good idea because blood level spikes aren't helpful.

Instead, try some snacks like these that have carbohydrates and protein.

Have you ever been hangry? Has being hangry ever caused a fight between you and a significant other or friend?




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