Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A spoonful of sugar may be enough to cool a hot temper

The next time you feel angry, have a glass of lemonade sweetened with sugar or eat a chocolate bar. It may just stop that desire to lash out.

Researchers in the US have found that consuming a spoonful of sugar can curb aggression, at least for a short time.

Researchers believe it all has to do with the glucose, a simple sugar found in the bloodstream that provides energy for the brain. “Avoiding aggressive impulses takes self control, and self control takes a lot of energy. Glucose provides that energy in the brain,” said Brad Bushman, co-author of the study and professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University.

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