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STUDY: Snack may help avoid fights between spouses

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – A quick snack could not only help avoid hunger, but prevent fights between husbands and wives.

The National Academy of Sciences released a study on Monday, which indicated the relationship between low blood sugar and anger between spouses.

The study focused on 107 married couples over a three-week period. The study determined hunger makes people more irritable, which creates “Hanger”—a combination of hunger and anger.

Each night, subjects were asked to stick pins in voodoo dolls which represented their husband or wife, to help indicate levels of aggressive feelings towards each other.

“We don’t know what these couples were eating, we don’t know their current state before they started this study, we don’t know if they were already bickering before this study. We don’t know if they were given any instruction on how to eat or what kind of things to eat before bed,” Gundersen Health System Dietitian Valerie Pampuch said.

Pampuch continued saying people are more likely to “lash out” at home more than work because people feel they are in a safer environment. Pampuch also noted that this study should be a wake-up call to people to always plan ahead for the longer and more stressful days.

“People should always have a snack with them so they don’t go into that starvation mode and become ‘hangry’ because they haven’t eaten,” Pampuch said.

Pampuch recommends people should try and eat fruit, vegetables, dairy and starches in each meal, and consumers should focus on eating for 80% health and 20% enjoyment.

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