Do Cravings Signal Specific Nutrient Deficits?
Monday, February 04, 2013
Here's a link to a yahoo piece about five specific food cravings and what they may indicate about specific nutrient deficits. And then the article tells you where to find the appropriate "swaps" to satisfy the cravings . . . for fewer calories and with better benefits.
Crave chocolate? (Duh: don't we all?? all the time?) Eat magnesium.
Crave pasta and bread? You're short on serotonin.
Crave sugar? Step up the chromium.
Crave burgers? Probably low on iron.
Crave salty foods? Maybe you're stressed. And short of potassium.
So is this the magic bullet? Probably not. But interesting. And I'll be thinking about some of these alternatives next time I experience one of these cravings.
Except: chocolate. There is NO SUBSTITUTE for chocolate!! And that's OK. Because dark 85% cocoa chocolate is probably lower calorie than the suggested substitutes anyhow . . .