Food cravings and what they really mean

THE HANS INDIA |   Jan 11,2018 , 11:35 PM IST

Food cravings and what they really mean
Food cravings and what they really mean

We have all experienced food cravings. They seem to come out of nowhere, and it can be difficult to divert your mind from indulging in something sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy, carby or fried. 

Once it’s on your mind, you have just got to have it, right? But have you ever wondered why these weird craving hits you out of the blue? Often times, when we crave unhealthy or strange foods, it’s a sign that something is missing from our diets. Here are a few of the most common cravings that are directing towards lack of certain nutrients from your body.   

Chocolate:

Scientifically, it is proven that chocolate makes people happier, in case you are craving for more; it’s a sign that you’re bored, unhappy, or bummed for any reason. If you crave chocolate, it doesn’t mean your body has a chocolate deficiency. If you’re going to eat chocolate, choose organic cocoa and mix it into a healthy smoothie, or eat a small amount of dark chocolate. 

Chocolate cravings direct towards magnesium deficiency, it’s also important to eat foods high in magnesium, such as nuts, seeds, fish, leafy greens, etc.Chocolate is rich in magnesium, so strong cravings could indicate a deficiency in a mineral vital for your skin and hair.

Ice cream:

 Craving for ice-cream during a meal or finishing the meal in a rush to grab the ice cream waiting in the freezer is a sign of an upset stomach or digestion issues. It works as a warrior against heartburn and stomach acidity.

Spicy food: 

Spicy food is hot in nature and if you are craving for it that means your internal system is hot too. When you eat spicy food, it cools you down, you sweat more, and the sweat evaporating off the skin has a cooling effect. The imbalance in the body could be because of thyroid or uneven digestion. Spicy foods, such as curry or hot red peppers, are yet another common craving among pregnant women.

Pickle: 

It is full of sodium and probiotics. Craving for pickle means you are craving for either of these and sodium could be indicative of dehydration.People who crave pickles could be low in sodium, but there's no real proof of this. Some like the crunch some like the vinegar, and some like the refreshing taste. Whatever it is, pickle cravings are nothing to be too concerned about. They're low in calories, easy to get and inexpensive.

Pasta: 

Pasta is loaded with high-energy carbs and if you are craving for pasta after a hectic day where physical activities were involved then there are chances that you could be lacking nutrients or calories. You're dehydrated. Thirst is often masked as hunger. So, a craving for pasta, which helps your body retain water, could mean you aren’t drinking enough or you are losing water (through sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting) faster than you're ingesting it.

Candy: 

Candy is full of sugar. Craving for candy is a sign that you're probably tired, sluggish, or weak as candy stimulates the blood sugar level and gives instant energy. This is only a real risk if your candy cravings are accompanied by the increased urgency to pee, and if your sugar cravings are extreme.

Cheese:

Craving for cheese or cheese-related dishes is a clear sign that your body is not getting enough fats and vitamin D. You might think of cheese as a potent source of fat and protein. But your brain knows better, Cheese also contains natural milk sugars. Cheese and other dairy foods serve up calcium and vitamin D, and it's not uncommon to eat insufficient amounts of these nutrients.

By Vandana Sharma