This is what your most common food cravings say about YOUR health

This is what your daily food cravings say about your health – and the little-known nutritional deficiency behind the 3pm ‘sweet treat’ obsession

  • Australian nutritionist Lee Holmes has shared what your food cravings mean
  • You should pay close attention to your cravings, as they signify deficiencies
  • For instance, chocolate cravings could signify a deficiency in magnesium
  • If you’re craving a salty snack, this could be a signal for an electrolyte imbalance










An Australian nutritionist has highlighted the importance of paying close attention to your cravings, as it can indicate the possibility of deficiencies in the body.

Lee Holmes from Supercharged Food said ongoing cravings are often caused by essential mineral deficiencies, which can lead to health problems over time.

‘When it comes to nutrition, one of the greatest obstacles people face is ‘the battle of the appetite and cravings’, Lee told FEMAIL.

‘Sometimes when you’re not giving your body what it needs it can pull out the placards and protest!’

Sydney-based chef and nutritionist Lee Holmes (pictured) from Supercharged Food said when it comes to nutrition, one of the greatest obstacles that people face is what I call ‘the battle of the appetite and cravings’

If you’re craving chocolate, nuts or beans, this could signify a deficiency in magnesium, which is found in pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, peanuts, soy milk and spinach.

Lee suggested reaching for a dark chocolate treat, snacking on almonds or adding beans to your lunch to ensure the craving doesn’t persist.

She added that deficiencies in zinc, chromium, iron, calcium and magnesium may lead to sugar cravings too.

Craving lollies, fizzy drinks and other sugary snacks shows you are lacking in trace including chromium, tryptophan and phosphorus, according to the experts, all of which are needed for energy, cell repair and a healthy metabolism.

If you're craving chocolate, nuts or beans, this could signify a deficiency in magnesium.  Lee suggested reaching for a dark chocolate treat, snacking on almonds or adding beans to your lunch to ensure the craving doesn't persist (stock image)

If you’re craving chocolate, nuts or beans, this could signify a deficiency in magnesium. Lee suggested reaching for a dark chocolate treat, snacking on almonds or adding beans to your lunch to ensure the craving doesn’t persist (stock image)

If you’re craving a salty snack, this could be a signal for an electrolyte imbalance, which could occur after exercising or from being dehydrated.

‘When a person loses too much sodium, from vigorous exercise, their body may begin to crave salt,’ Lee said.

‘Zinc and iron deficiency may also contribute to salt cravings.’

It's an odd craving, but at times you might find yourself craving fizzy drinks or soda water, which Lee said could be an indication of a lack of calcium in the body (stock image)

It’s an odd craving, but at times you might find yourself craving fizzy drinks or soda water, which Lee said could be an indication of a lack of calcium in the body (stock image)

It’s an odd craving, but at times you might find yourself wanting fizzy drinks or soda water, which Lee said could be an indication of a lack of calcium in the body.

Instead of giving into the craving, supplement this by opting to drink milk or eat plums, kale and broccoli with a meal.

Other foods rich in calcium include yoghurt, leafy greens, sardines and most cheeses.

If your body is low in iron you will likely start to crave meat, as a lack of protein in the diet and blood sugar issues can cause protein cravings.

You might also be iron deficient if you start of crave ice, Lee revealed.

What food cravings really mean

Craving: Chocolate

What your body wants: Magnesium

What you should eat: Nuts, seeds, dark green vegetables and fruit

Craving: Sugary foods and drinks

What your body wants: Chromium, tryptophan and phosphorus

What you should eat: Dark green vegetables, chicken, cheese, grapes, sweet potato, eggs, nut and grains

Craving: Bread and pasta

What your body wants: Protein and nitrogen

What you should eat: Red meat, beans, chia seeds, fatty fish

Craving: Oily or fried foods

What your body wants: Calcium

What you should eat: Green leafy vegetables, lentils, organic milk and cheese

Craving: Salty foods

What your body wants: Chloride and silicon

What you should eat: Cashew nuts, seeds, fatty fish and goat’s milk

Source: 123 Nourish Me

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