"Getting hangry" has just been scientifically proven, so STFU and give me that taco

science 19/07/2017

Yeah, we've been talking about hanger for years...

But it's never actually been scientifically proven to be a real thing - UNTIL NOW. 

Earlier this year, science guy Simon Oxenham revealed in his column for New Scientist that the biggest reason we get a little screw loose when hungry is because our blood glucose level drops. 

Oxenham explained: 

"This can make it difficult for us to concentrate, and more likely to snap at those around us.

Low blood sugar also triggers the release of stress-related hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, as well as a chemical called neuropeptide Y, which has been found to make people behave more aggressively towards those around them."

Oxenham continued:

"This can all have an alarming effect on how you feel about other people – even those you love. A classic study of married couples asked them to stick pins into “voodoo dolls” that represented their loved ones, to reflect how angry they felt towards them. The volunteers then competed against their spouse in a game, in which the winner could blast loud noise through the loser’s headphones.

The researchers tracked the participants’ blood glucose levels throughout. They found that when people had lower sugar levels, the longer the blasts of unpleasant noise they subjected their spouse to, and the more pins they stuck into their dolls."

Well. Shit. That's all the evidence we need... 

Now where are the office snacks at? I'm feeling irritated.