What Does Your Food Cravings Mean

August 10, 2017

Food cravings are so hard to resist and it usually haunt you when you are dieting. Most of the time, the food we crave for are unhealthy. Do you know that this food cravings doesn't just come out of nowhere to tease you. They are actually telling you that your body is lacking something. 

Here are some of the most common food cravings (please don't crave while reading!)

Oily food

French fries, onion rings, bacon, and hotdog are some of the oily foods we crave for snacks. It means your body is in need of essential fatty acids. Your body doesn't need the harmful cholesterol found in these food. Indulge in good fats found in nuts, flax seed, and fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon.

Salty food

Ever notice that it's always makes you feel good munching on a big bag of chips while working on a project or an assignment? Your craving for salty food means that cortisol, a stress hormone that interferes with learning and memory, is fluctuating. If you are feeling stressed, opt for food rich in vitamin B such as almonds, pecans, green leafy vegetables, lentils, mushrooms, and broccoli. 

A low level of electrolytes also makes you crave for something salty. Coconut water is the healthiest source of electrolytes.

Sweet food

Ice cream, chocolates, cakes, donuts, softdrinks, and milkshakes are some of the food we crave when we feel like we need a sugar rush. We all know that too much sugar is bad for our health but sometimes we convince ourselves that an extra bar of chocolate or another scoop of ice cream won't hurt. After all, these foods make us happy. Get your sweet fix by eating fruits. If you want chocolates, go for the dark variant. But make sure you eat in moderation too. Also, keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water. 

Red meat

Craving for a huge slab of steak or a pound of burger is an indication of iron deficiency. We need red meat in our diet but eating too much can cause colon cancer. Give your body a dose of iron by eating green leafy vegetables, raisins, and dried apricots.

I give in to my cravings once in a while but I make sure I control the quantity of my food intake. What food do you always crave?