Of course, almost everyone have sometimes experienced intense cravings for unhealthy foods. Regardless it was for chocolate, salty snacks, refined carbs, donuts, we’re usually very happy to submit.
However, there’s just one problem: Consuming these foods doesn’t seem to end the cravings. We may be wondering if our bodies play a cruel joke on us. Well, not quite.
According to the scientists, these cravings are an indicator that the body needs certain minerals that are present in unhealthy foods but are best acquired from whole foods. Actually, only by acquiring minerals from natural sources, in which all nutrients are optimized for superior absorption, we can finally end the cravings that plague our lives.
- Chocolate: magnesium
In the Western world, chocolate is the most commonly reported craving, so it is not a surprise that it is connected to a nutrient in which a great number of us are unknowingly deficient. We are talking about magnesium.
Recently, it has been estimated that up to 80 percent of Americans are lacking in this crucial macro-mineral that is necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including those that relate to relaxation.
Magnesium is nicknamed the relaxation mineral, as irritability, anxiety, insomnia and high blood pressure are actually its main deficiency symptoms. Therefore, after consuming a chocolate bar the magnesium-deficient people temporarily feel better. In other words, it happens as a result of the small amounts of magnesium present in it (from its cacao content).
On the other hand, there are far healthier magnesium sources than processed chocolate, like dark leafy greens, fish, seeds and nuts, beans and blackstrap molasses, which will also help end chocolate cravings.
- Sugary foods: carbon, chromium, sulfur, phosphorus, and/or tryptophan
High-sugar foods are the second most commonly reported craving in the West countries. It is the most complex craving to pin down, as deficiencies in no less than five nutrients could be triggering it: phosphorus (helps the body create energy), chromium (helps regulate blood sugar levels), sulfur (helps eliminate toxins), carbon (one of the elements from which sugar is made), and tryptophan (a serotonin regulator).
So, the best way to end incessant sugar cravings is to improve your diet that will help re-mineralize your entire body.
- Refined carbohydrates: nitrogen
A craving for refined carbs, such as pasta and bread indicates a nitrogen deficiency. Nitrogen compounds are a vital component of nucleic acids and protein, and deficiencies in them can lead to malnutrition as a result of a related protein deficiency. In case you crave a lot of refined carbohydrates, it is advisable to add more nitrogen-rich foods to your daily diet.
Most foods do contain nitrogen in organic or non-organic form, but fruits and veggies are especially abundant in it.
- Other cravings
These cravings are less common than the above listed, but are still regularly reported in today’s society:
Salty foods: In such a case, you are deficient in chloride and/or silicon. Therefore, consider adding more nuts and seeds, and fish to your diet.
Oily and fatty foods: If you have oily and fatty food cravings, then you are calcium deficient. Great sources of calcium include cheese, raw milk, broccoli, turnip, and greens.
Ice: You are deficient in iron if you have cravings for ice. Consume more iron-rich foods, for example meat, leafy greens, sea vegetables, and blackstrap molasses.