Food Cravings Driven By Lack of Nutrients: These Foods Will Treat Cravings the Healthy Way

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These days when many people purchase their food at massive grocery stores like Walmart or Target, consuming processed goods that hardly qualify as food, many people find themselves with insatiable cravings for certain foods that can lead to eating disorders.

Did you know that is an indication of a nutrient deficiency, and there are many healthy foods you can eat smaller amounts of to curb the cravings? You don’t always crave foods because of an emotional or physiological reason. According to preventdisease.com,

However, many dieters think of food cravings as a weakness, but 91 percent of participants in a calorie-restriction study experienced food cravings at the start. And even more had cravings six months after dieting, nutritionists at Boston’s Tufts University say.

In fact, accepting food cravings and keeping them in check may be an important component of weight management, explains Susan Roberts, an energy metabolism expert at the university’s Human Nutrition Research Centre.

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Switching from eating unhealthy foods to healthy food is like quitting smoking cigarettes; the longer you go eating healthy foods, the easier it is to stay away from the unhealthy ones. With the guide below, you can customize your diet to kill cravings for specific foods with specific other foods that contain the nutrients your body is actually looking for.

“You crave what you eat, so if you switch what you’re eating, you can weaken your old cravings and strengthen new ones,” says Marcia Pelchat of The Monell Center.
Here are some helpful substitutes for unhealthy foods you might crave, and they will cure the nutrient deficiency that is the root of the problem.

If you are craving sweet things and have been consuming things like chocolate or processed, high fructose corn syrup laden candy or drinks, you may be deficient of Magnesium or Carbon, and could cure that by consuming fresh fruits, legumes, or nuts/seeds.

If you are craving bread or starchy foods in excess you may be deficient of Nitrogen, and you could find that in healthier varieties of high protein  fish, meat, nuts, or beans.

If you find yourself consuming oily/fatty foods in excess you may need more calcium, obtainable from consuming good milk, kale, cheese, broccoli, legumes, or turnip greens.

If you are consuming an excess of coffee/tea/caffeine you may need more Phosphorus, and that can be found in chicken, beef, eggs, poultry, legumes, and liver.

If you crave cold drinks constantly you may need more manganese, found in almonds, pecans, blueberries, walnuts, and pineapple.

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Written by Casius Methyl
Source: Mass Report

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