Why You Should Never Go to the Grocery Store Hungry

JENNA BIRCH | October 3, 2016

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Most dietitians and nutrition experts will include, “Never shop for groceries on an empty stomach” among their most important tips. It makes sense when you think about it; the rumbling of your tummy might talk you into calorie-dense, easy-to-consume junk food. But does this age-old advice hold up in real life? There’s some research that says it does.

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