Apples: apples offer you a lot of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and are an excellent source of cholesterol-lowering pectin. If you eat a lot of saturated fat – it can be the reason for apple cravings.

Butter: Vegetarians crave butter often because of their low saturated fat intake. The craving for salted butter is because of the salt craving

Cola: Addiction for sugar and caffeine – No Nutritional Value

Nuts: If you crave nuts, you could probably use more protein, B-vitamins or fat in your diet. Stressed people eat more nuts because of their increased B-vitamin needs.

Ice-cream: Ice-cream contains a lot of calcium – but people crave it for sugar.

Pickles: Craving for salt and potassium.

Bacon: Craving for bacon is because of its fat. Bacon contains a lot of saturated fat and carcinogenic nitrates. If you indulge in bacon often, top up with Vit A, D, E, and C to counteract the nitrates.

Eggs: Aside from protein ( 13g per two eggs), eggs also give you sulphur, sink, selenium, fat and chorine.

Cantaloupe: Cravings for cantaloupe is because of its high potassium and vitamin A content. It also offers vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, biotin and inositol. It is not a bad craving because it is low in kJ.

Olives: You are after the salt. Cravers possibly have low thyroid function.

Salt: Cravers are after the sodium. Cravers might also have a thyroid iodine deficiency or low sodium Addison’s disease. Hypertensives also often crave salt and should not.

Onions: Cravings for spicy foods can sometimes indicate problems with sinuses or lungs.

Chocolate: Chocoholics are addicted to the dopamine release, caffeine as well as the sugar. Substitute rather with carob.

Milk: craving milk as an adult means you need a calcium supplement. It might also be tryptophane, leucine or lysine that your body needs.

Tart fruits: A craving for these foods can indicate problems with the gallbladder or liver

Paint and dirt: Children have a tendency to eat paint and dirt. This is normally a calcium and vitamin D deficiency

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