Ever craved a burger so badly you dropped everything to go get one because you just had to have it? Food cravings are extremely common, but not random at all. Desperately craving chocolate or dreaming about potato chips is actually your body’s way of telling you you’re low on essential vitamins and minerals.
Don’t confuse hunger with serious food cravings either. When you’re feeling hungry it’s totally normal to want your favorite foods, but a real food craving is more extreme. Just ask a pregnant woman! Hunger is controlled by your stomach, while food cravings are controlled by your brain. When you’re experiencing food cravings because your body needs more of certain nutrients, you’ll go to extreme lengths to satisfy it.
So what do common food cravings like chocolate, red meat, and carbohydrates tell you about your body?
Read on to find out what the five most common food cravings are and what nutrients it means your body might be missing.
If you’re looking for healthier ways to satisfy those cravings we’ve got you covered on that too!
Chocolate is high in magnesium. The extreme urge to bite into a chocolate bar might just mean that you have a magnesium deficiency. While some experts say that up to eighty percent of Americans have a magnesium deficiency, it’s more common for women to crave chocolate. Especially when it’s that time of the month.
Regularly drinking caffeinated beverages, taking antibiotics, calcium supplements, indulging in too much cannabis and experiencing high levels of stress can all lead to magnesiums deficiency. All of these factors create more acid in the stomach which robs your body of magnesium while trying to alkalize and makes it more difficult to absorb key nutrients. Besides a serious chocolate craving, early signs of a magnesium deficiency includes: headaches, nausea, fatigue, muscle weakness, foggy thinking and memory issues.
Luckily there are plenty of healthy ways to indulge your chocolate cravings. Dark chocolate is rich in magnesium as well as chromium, b vitamins and essential fatty acids. You can add chocolate powder to your morning smoothies, indulge in a dark chocolate bar, or try sprinkling it on oatmeal. Dark leafy greens, brown rice and pumpkins seeds are also healthy ways to add more magnesium into your diet.