The Power of Lemonade

Struggling with diet cravings? Curb your diet sabotage by gargling with lemonade

April 1, 2013
The Power of Lemonade

Can’t be bothered to hit the treadmill? Don’t give in—that’s just your low blood sugar talking. Whether you’re thinking about surrendering to unhealthy food or a desire to skip the gym and curl up on the couch, low blood-glucose levels are often to blame when your self-control begins to spiral. How to snap out of it? Gargle with a mouthful of sugar-sweetened lemonade. According to research published in Psychological Science, study participants who gargled with sugared lemonade and then spat it out displayed more self-control than those who didn’t. The trick, say researchers, is that your brain detects glucose—even if you don’t swallow.