Every food craving is your body’s way of telling you that something is missing. More often than not, the foods you end up craving for, do not really give your body what it actually needs at that time. This ultimately leads to putting in unhealthy and unnecessary calories into your body.

It is very important to understand what each of your food cravings means to keep a check on unhealthy food choices and habits.

Here we have a list of 7 common food cravings, what they actually mean, and how to curb them.

  1. Chocolate

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What it means: A craving for chocolate could mean that your body needs some essential fatty acids, Vitamin B, chromium or magnesium.

What you should have: Indulge in snacks or beverages that are made of dark chocolate or healthy cocoa. You should also have green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans and seeds, which are all rich in magnesium.

  1. Sugar

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What it means: Mineral deficiency and blood sugar imbalance could give rise to sugar cravings. In this case, giving into your sugar craving makes it worse and result in more cravings. Sugar craving could also mean that your body is dehydrated.

What you should have: Eat a fruit whenever you are craving for something sweet. Drink more water and keep yourself well-hydrated.

  1. Fried Food or Cheese

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What it means: Fried and oily food craving or craving of cheese, means a deficit of essential fatty acids or calcium in the body.

What you should have: The solution in this case is to eat good quality fats. You should also drink raw milk, or eat avocado, banana or broccoli.

  1. Salt

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What it means: Cravings for salty foods, like that bag of chips, could be an indication towards low level of electrolytes, and fluctuation in stress hormones. Salt craving could also be an indication towards dehydration in the body.

What you should have: Eat foods that are rich in Vitamin B, like seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables. Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated.

  1. Carbohydrates

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What it means: A craving for carbohydrates and processed foods could be an indication towards insulin resistance, fatigue, or blood sugar fluctuations.

What you should have: Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables like apple, banana, spinach, capsicum, broccoli, carrot, celery, and beetroot, and all fiber rich foods for controlling the blood sugar levels.

  1. Ice

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What it means: Ice craving is usually an indication towards iron deficiency in the body.

What you should have: Have foods that are rich in iron, like green leafy vegetables.

  1. Coffee or Soda

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What it means: A craving for coffee or soda usually means your mood and energy levels need a lift.

What you should have: Have water with a slice of lemon in it, and a green smoothie or green juice in the morning to maintain your body’s energy levels through the day.

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Published by Aditi Mohata