Ever wonder why you crave certain foods and not others? You may be nutritionally deficient!
Many of us have, at some point in our lives, experienced a craving for a particular food, but have you ever stopped to wonder what the craving could mean? A Craving is the body communicating to the brain that we’re deficient in certain nutrients, even if the foods we’re craving are generally categorised as being “bad” for us.
There are many different types of cravings and they can usually indicate what it is we really need. Take a look at the 5 most common cravings and what they may be trying to tell us.
- Salt and Salty Foods – Craving salt or salty foods may mean that you’re dehydrated.
- Chocolate – Craving chocolate can be a sign that your daily magnesium intake is insufficient (magnesium helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports healthy immune system, helps bones remain strong).
- Sugar and Sugary Foods – A craving for sugar many be as simple as a need for a quick energy fix from stress or lack of sleep.
- Fatty or Oily Foods – Craving fat may be caused by low daily fat intake. Fat is an essential nutrient in healing and replacing cells in your body and its a vital component in many other bodily functions.
- Red Meat – Craving red meat may mean you are iron deficient. Iron is an important part of haemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to transport it throughout your body.