Sometimes our body craves certain foods (sweets) or activities (chew ice) because of things going on in the body it seeks to alter. Sometimes it is low blood sugar levels and craving sugar to get it up. Sometimes it can be a mineral like iron that is low causing you to seek non-food options. Be sure you are using your nutrition tracker to keep track of your nutrient intake including key nutrients like iron and calcium to be sure you are on track providing what your body needs.
Growing and developing teens need at least 1,300 mg of calcium per day and it occurs naturally in milk products (milk, cheese and yogurt). Many other foods are "fortified" with added calcium, such as calcium-fortified orange juice, soy milk, tofu, and even some cereals.
Teen girls need iron to help make up for iron losses that occur as part of their menstrual cycle. They need 11-15 mg of iron each day. When it is low, anemia can occur. This article will give you more information about that.
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