We all have cravings for a certain food at a certain time. And most of the time those cravings are for and unhealthy food. You never say, man I would sure like some baked fish right now, right? We always crave for chocolate, donuts and junk food. And then, even after giving yourself a treat, you’re still not completely satisfied.
Well, what science says is that when you experience such a craving, your body is actually in need of a certain mineral that can be found in junk food, but actually it will be better you acquire it from whole foods. We give you the best healthy substitute you should get when a craving appears. It will be the best way to end that desire for unhealthy food.
The most common craving you get is the craving for chocolate. The reason for that is that most of regular people have a magnesium deficiency. Statistics say that 80 percent of Americans have this deficiency, and magnesium is a much needed mineral needed for over 300 biochemical reactions in our body. It helps fight anxiety, irritability, insomnia and high blood pressure. That’s the reason why we feel so good after eating chocolate.
The perfect healthy substitute for chocolate is nuts, fish, beans, seeds and blackstrap molasses.
Sugary Foods: Chromium, Carbon, Phosphorus, Sulfur and/or Tryptophan
Sweets are second on the list of most craved foods. This is the most complex craving to pin down, since deficiencies in no less than five nutrients could be causing it: chromium (helps to regulate blood sugar levels), carbon (one of the elements from which sugar is made), phosphorus (helps the body produce energy), sulfur (helps remove toxins) and tryptophan (a serotonin regulator). The best way to end incessant sugar cravings is to simply improve your diet, which will help remineralize your body in all areas.
Refined Carbohydrates: Nitrogen
The craving for refined carbs like pasta and bread signals a deficiency in nitrogen. Nitrogen compounds are an essential component of nucleic acids and protein, and deficiencies in them can result in malnutrition due to a related protein deficiency. Therefore, if you find that you’re craving a lot of refined carbohydrates, add more nitrogen-rich foods to your diet. Most foods contain nitrogen in organic or non-organic form, but fruits and vegetables are especially rich in it.
Here are some of the most common cravings that are less common than those detailed above, but are still regularly reported in today’s society:
Oily and fatty foods: You are deficient in calcium. Good sources of calcium include raw milk, cheese, turnip greens and broccoli.
Ice: You are deficient in iron. Eat more iron-rich foods like leafy greens, meat, blackstrap molasses and sea vegetables.
Salty foods: You are deficient in chloride and/or silicon. Try adding more fish, nuts and seeds to your diet.
Source : www.fhfn.org