Common Food Cravings Revealed by Nutritionists

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You're tired & hungry. You made a healthy protein-and-vegetables dinner, but... Unhappy? You've wanted chips all week. Recognized? Why do you crave this food now?

Chips craving?

Potato chips & French fries are common cravings, but eating them may mean you're low on healthy fats, says Leahy. Omega-3s are important.

Soda craving?

If you crave soda every day, once a week, or once or twice a month, you may be craving caffeine. One 12-ounce Coke contains about 45 milligrammes of caffeine.


Cheese stars in many comfort foods, like pizza & nachos. Cheese's creamy texture isn't the only reason for cravings. Cheese is a good source of tryptophan, an amino acid that helps produce serotonin.

Craving sweets?

Do you find yourself daydreaming about chewy candy bars & sour sugar-coated gummies? If so, you might need to spend more time in dreamland.


If you crave chocolate, you may be one of many who consider it a mood-booster. Those who ate dark chocolate in a 24-hour period were 57% less likely to report depression symptoms than those who didn't. Possibly?

Ice Craving?

Some people love chewing ice, even though it hurts their teeth. Science says craving cold drinks could be a sign of anaemia. A 2016 study in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners found that ice cravings indicate iron deficiency.

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