Nutritionists reveal what your food cravings are telling you about what your body really needs – and how to satisfy them without eating junk

They’re intense, overwhelming and often uncontrollable, but food cravings are trying to tell you important information about what’s happening inside your body.

That’s according to Alisa and Danni, the nutritionists behind Australian food blog 123 Nourish Me, who claim common cravings are caused by essential mineral deficiencies which could lead to serious health problems over time.

‘Cravings are an awesome wake up call to what your body is really asking for. Pay attention to your cravings and feed your body what it needs,’ a recent post on the brand’s Facebook page reads.

Nutritionists say a hankering for chocolate means you need to increase your intake of magnesium
Nutritionists say a hankering for chocolate means you need to increase your intake of magnesiumThey claim craving refined carbohydrates such as bread nd pasta is a sign you should eat more protein
Nutritionists say a hankering for chocolate (left) means you need to increase your intake of magnesium, while craving refined carbohydrates such as bread (right) and pasta is a sign you should eat more protein

Alisa says a hankering for chocolate is a sign you should increase your intake of magnesium, an essential nutrient that helps to regulate muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels and blood pressure.

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

This can be achieved by eating foods that contain large quantities of magnesium, such as nuts, seeds, fruit and dark green vegetables like spinach and broccoli.

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

It’s particularly important to eat foods rich in chromium, a mineral that breaks down protein, carbohydrates and fats to provide energy to the muscles and brain, because it does not occur naturally in the human body.

Foods packed with all three minerals include chicken, cheese, grapes, sweet potato and eggs, as well as most nuts, grains and dark green vegetables. 

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