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7 Food Cravings Explained (Slideshow)

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7 Food Cravings Explained (Slideshow)


Food cravings: we all get them. But what do they mean? If you’re craving a particular type of food, is your body trying to tell you something? Is there something missing from your diet, or is it purely an emotional response? The answer is, unsurprisingly, that cravings are rooted in both your mind and your body. Beyond the obvious emotional link, comfort food exists for a reason, of course, craving a specific type of food can mean particular things about your body. Pining for sweets? Does your mouth water at the cheese counter? Click through to check out the possible reasonings you are craving certain types of food.

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1. Craving: Chocolate.

Most of us probably associate cravings with chocolate more than any other food — but it’s not just a silly, sexist trope — you may crave chocolate because you aren’t getting enough magnesium in your diet.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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2:17AM PDT on Oct 5, 2013

You might as well have included coffee/tea for how useless this article was.

1:08AM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

Interesting. Thanks.

12:38PM PDT on Sep 24, 2013


4:18PM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

Sugar cravings for me signify anemia, I'm sure it does for lots of other people too, because a quick fix of sugar gives you the energy you don't have when you're anemic.

Also dairy cravings (milk, ice cream) not mentioned here signify a vitamin D/calcium deficiency

8:15AM PDT on Sep 22, 2013


12:32AM PDT on Sep 22, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

4:46PM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

Thanks for the article

12:26PM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

Thank you.

12:26PM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

Thank you.

4:27AM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

Thanks for the article.

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