9 Common Food Cravings Explained

9 Common Food Cravings Explained

Food cravings are caused by a lack of nutrients in the body or a blood sugar reaction to eating sugar that causes low blood sugar. You can control both of them. You can take multivitamins and minerals. You can find out what vitamin and mineral deficiencies you have. You can eat more vegetables and a higher protein diet, which will be richer in vitamins and minerals. You can be consistent with all of these.

Here’s a list of different foods you may be craving and what it is you could be missing:

1. Sweets                       

If you've always got a sweet-tooth, it's likely that you're these missing nutrients: chromium, vanadium, zinc, protein, and B vitamins.

Chromium – Trace element that helps stabilize your blood sugar levels.

Vanadium – Another trace element that helps stabilize blood sugar levels.

Zinc – Low levels interfere with energy and affect appetite

Protein – Low levels make you eat more carbohydrates, especially sweets.

B vitamins – Important for the metabolism of carbohydrates.

2. Coffee

If your coffee cravings are out of control, it's probably because you're deficient the essential nutrient phosphorus.                       

Phosphorus – This is an important nutrient that creates ATP for energy.

3. Carbonated Drinks  

Always have a hankering for sodas or sparkling water? Your diet might be missing the important nutrient calcium.

Calcium – High phosphorus in these drinks needs calcium as a buffer. Without it, you will crave these drinks.

4. What if you have no appetite at all?

Not feeling very hungry most of the time sounds like the opposite of a craving, but surprisingly it usually has a similar reasoning behind it. If you lack an appetite, it's likely because you have not been eating right, and you're missing out on these necessary nutrients: Zinc, B vitamins, protein, carbohydrates, fat, and almost every nutrient.

Zinc – Deficiency symptoms include lack of appetite and no energy.

B vitamins – Lack of appetite goes hand in hand with missing appetite and mood swings as well as digestive disorders.

Protein – One sign of protein malnutrition is a lack of appetite. Protein deficiency shuts down the body’s desire to eat, shuts off hormone production, and makes you begin to eat up the body’s reserves of muscle.

Carbohydrates – Lack of carbohydrates in the diet could contribute to lack of appetite if it continues for long periods of time.

Fat – Lack of fat in the diet turns off the production of certain hormones that are tied in with appetite.

5. Acidic foods

Are you always in the mood to eat acidic foods, you may be deficient in the nutrients magnesium and calcium.                       

Magnesium – Magnesium acts as an electrolyte, and its levels must always be adequate. If not, acid/base balance starts to shift towards acidity. Acidity causes inflammation in the body.

Calcium – Calcium acts as an electrolyte and its levels always have to be at a certain level in the blood for homeostasis. When you eat acidic foods such as sweets or coffee, you’ll need extra calcium.

6. Salty foods                

Got salt cravings on a daily basis? If that's the case, your diet is likely lacking in sodium, chloride, or potassium.

Sodium – Your body needs a certain amount of sodium each day. About 2000 to 3000 mg per day is the recommended amount. However, eating too much sodium during the day can start you on a binge for salty foods.

Chloride – Chloride is part of salt (sodium and chloride together). If you’re low in chloride, you’ll crave salt.

Potassium – If you’re craving salty foods and eating them all the time, you’ll end up with a deficiency of potassium. These two elements work hand in hand.

7. Ice                              

It might sound strange to those who don't crave eating ice, but it's actually a common craving for those who are deficient in iron.

Iron – There’s a nutritional term called pica that refers to eating foods that are inedible such as dirt, rubber bands, and paint chips off walls. Ice is included in this category and gives a nutritionist the clue that you are low in iron.

8. Alcohol                       

When you have random cravings for alcoholic beverages, you may be missing the nutrients protein, calcium, or magnesium.

Protein – When you eat enough protein, it shuts off the desire for alcohol.

Calcium – Without calcium, your body starts giving you messages to consume alcohol. With enough calcium, you feel calm and emotionally centered with no need for alcohol.

Magnesium – Same as calcium.

9. Chocolate                  

Major chocolate cravings might be an indication that your diet is deficient in magnesium.

Magnesium – The connection between magnesium deficiency and chocolate cravings is well known.