Craving Pasta? Or Chocolate? Here’s What Your Body’s Trying To Tell You

Because we need a legit excuse for eating the whole block.

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I have a frequent craving for corn chips. It turned on like a tap a few years ago and hasn’t switched off. It’s not all day every day but it’s often enough for alarm.

At first, I thought I might be pregnant … perhaps it was going to be my thing or I was having a Latino baby. But since I’ve never been to Mexico—or with a Mexican—it seemed unlikely. So with that ruled out, I turned to the experts. Ok, ok, I Googled it, and here’s what I found.

There is a lot of contention around whether food cravings are symptomatic of nutritional deficiencies. One article suggested that as babies we are programmed to equate the taste of breast milk—being sweet and fatty—with love and nurture. As we get older, these are the foods we crave when we need these things. A study by the University of Arizona drew a parallel between chocolate and drugs. It stated that it’s “chocolate’s sensory characteristics, nutrient composition, and psychoactive ingredients” combined with “monthly hormonal fluctuations and mood swings among women” that make chocolate so hard to resist.

And others write it off altogether.

Regardless of your standpoint, speak to any woman and she’ll tell you that cravings are real. Between breast milk as babies and hormones as adults, how did we ever stand a chance?

So to help you get to the bottom of your cravings, we spoke to nutritionist, Lola Berry, and enlisted the help of Bernard Jensen’s (PhD) research in The Chemistry Of Man. Here’s what they had to say.

What Do Your Food Cravings Really Mean?

1Salty food

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You may be lacking in…

Jensen suggests a craving for salty foods is indicative of a chloride deficiency, while Berry believes it could be linked to low calcium or minerals.

Try this instead…

Jensen: Raw goats milk, fish, celery and kelp

Berry: Dairy products, kale and broccoli

2Sweets

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You may be lacking in…

Jensen: Chromium, phosphorous, sulphur or tryptophan

Berry: Sweet cravings are often associated with low protein diets.

Try this instead…

Jensen: broccoli, chicken, liver, turkey, collard, green vegetables, sweet potato, nuts or fruit

Berry: Beans, meat, nuts and eggs

3Chocolate

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You may be lacking in…

Both Berry and Jensen agree that a craving for chocolate could be a sign of low magnesium.

Try this instead…

Nuts, seeds and legumes…or stick to dark chocolate.

4Oily, fatty foods

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You may be lacking in…

Jensen: Calcium

Berry: If it’s after a big night out, it could be linked to your liver.

Try this instead…

Jensen: Dairy products, sesame seeds, kale and broccoli

Berry: Avocado, nuts, fish, and eggs

5Carbohydrates

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You may be lacking in…

Both Berry and Jensen agree that carbs cravings could be due to a lack of protein in the diet. Often vegans and vegetarians will crave sweet carbs because their protein intake is much lower.

Try this instead…

Beans, meat, nuts and eggs

Top tips for curbing cravings:

  • Adequate sleep
  • Mindful eating is essential! Before you eat something, check in: do I really want this? If so why?
  • Tune in and listen to your body
  • Try these 11 tips from Lee Holmes.
 
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Growing up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney with a love of the outdoors, Georgia has always led an active lifestyle. She has a passion for health, fitness and fashion, and loves to travel and try new things. Along with her position at Sporteluxe, Georgia works as a fit model for global fashion brands including Bassike and Christopher Esber, combining her interest in fashion with her dedication to healthy living. She graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Media (PR and Advertising) and initially pursued the public relations field but was always drawn to journalism due to her love of reading and writing. For Georgia, life is about balance. She leads an active and fulfilled lifestyle and nourishes her mind and body but won't shy away from a burger and wine!