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Arguing with your partner all the time? Have some chocolate*

New research suggests that low glucose levels could be to blame.

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NEXT TIME YOU’RE feeling a bit miffed with your partner, a shouting match or a sulk may not be the best option.

New research suggests that low glucose levels could be to blame for some lovers’ tiffs.

Researchers at Ohio State University in the United States monitored the blood sugar levels in over a hundred married couples over three weeks.

Each were given a voodoo doll of their partner and 51 pins to vent their frustration. This was to measure aggressive impulses.

To measures aggression, they were also given a set of competitive tasks to complete, with the loser being submitted to a burst of loud noise played through headphones – the volume and duration left to the discretion of the winner.

What researchers found that when glucose levels were low, the bursts of noise were louder and longer, and the poor ol’ voodoo dolls got an awful lot more pins stuck in them.

This matched the researchers’ predictions, as with low energy levels comes inhibited levels of self-control.

*Chocolate doesn’t actually boost blood sugar levels that quickly. Find out more here.

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