Food Cravings

Food cravings make a person have a strong urge to eat something specific. There are several theories on why we have cravings. Some believe it is something a person is lacking nutritionally. Other theories include the brain calling for specific hormones or chemicals, addictive behaviors, or binge eating.

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Why do people crave ice?

Low Iron

resulting in low hemoglobin the oxygen carrying blood cells Pica is defined as an appetite for substances not fit for food, such as clay or paper products. Pagophagia is specifically pica for ice, and studies show this to be a specific indicator for iron deficiency anemia.

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What is wrong with craving burnt food?

AnswerBurnt food contains a carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent, so it is not a great thing to be eating.

If you are craving this, what your body is asking for is carbon, which you get in burnt foods, but not in a form easily absorbed by the body. Instead, go grab fresh fruits, or if your craving is really bad grill some peaches... not kidding, or try for other recipes that combine fruits & grilling.

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I have been sleeping and eating a lot and have food cravings and back pain. What could the problem be?

I find that overeating causes back pain. drink only fresh juice for 3 days. if your back pain goes away, then it may be a diet problem in the colon.
Inactivily can also help cause back pain by weakening the muscles that protect the ligaments.
And of course, if you have back pain, especially lower back pain, it may be helpful to look at current and past fears and issues of insecurity.

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Why do you crave ice?

My wife used to eat all the ice after finishing a glass of tea or soda. Then she was diagnosed with severe anemia. After taking iron supplements, she stopped eating ice. We never made the connection until several years later when we heard that a craving for ice was a symptom of an iron deficiency.

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Can you be pregnant if you have backaches headaches stomach disorders food cravings and sore breasts?

Yes you could be pregnant. If you have all those things happening you should have taken a pregnancy test. If negative wait a few days and retest if menses is still absent.(Reminder, it is possible to have menses and be pregnant, however such sypmtoms would usually be associated with PMS.) If still negative you should see a doctor anyway in case of ectopic pregnancy or other underlying medical issues.

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Why do people get cravings?

Cravings are another way our body protects itself. Pregnant woman, not pregnant, men and women all the same get cravings. Just pregnant woman stronger because of the other being inside them. When your hungry you can eat just about anything, when your craving you have to have that one something you cannot stop thinking about. Well, I read some were years ago that the body craves what its lacking. Example, if your craving Doritos and milk at the same time, which I have in the past, its probably because you haven't consumed any sodium or calcium during some time and your body is looking for these important factors it NEEDS to function properly. The body starts sending messages to your brain telling you to give it what it wants, hence the craving.

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Why do anemic people crave ice?

people who are anemic crave ice mainly because of lack of oxygen distribution to the body. ice contains oxygen, so that's a good explanation. moreover, i don't understand why people with severe anemia, like myself, don't crave water.

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What is the body lacking when you crave vinegar?

You are dehydrated.

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Why do you crave onions?

Do you crave onions, garlic, cabbage or broccoli? You may have a sluggish or overloaded liver. These foods contain high levels of sulfur, which help improve liver function. A sluggish liver cannot work properly to help break down toxins or keep hormones in balance. Toxins can accumulate from either external sources or from poor digestion that results in internal toxicity. You have nutritional deficiencies and too much toxic exposure.

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What are good excuses for not eating?

- I'm going on holiday and want to lose weight. - I'm not hungry right now I've just eaten, thanks. - I'm eating out tonight at a nice restaurant and don't want to spoil my appetite. - I've joined a slimming club and tonight is my weigh-in so I don't want to be too heavy. There are none. to be a healthy individual there are different diet choices that can be made to cater to your specific body type, but abstaining form food is not a smart choice, or a healthy one.

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What does a dipsomaniac crave?


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When do you start craving?

It's entirely individual. Some never do. As common as a craving is disliking something. Both pregnancies I went off coffee, second time I went off chocolate in all its forms as well.

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Why are you craving milk?

a milk craving could mean several things including, calcium deficiency, pregnancy, or even onset of type 2 diabetes. if the craving persists see your MD, it cant help to have it checked!

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How can you stop intense cravings for junk food?

Here are some suggestions to stop intense cravings for junk food:

  • Don't buy them.
  • Have other options available: vegetables, fruits, yogurt, etc.
  • Drink more water.
  • Be more active: walking, aerobics, tennis, swimming, bicycling, etc.
  • Don't eat at fast food places.
  • Take your lunch to work or school.
  • Enlist the help of a friend and be supportive for each other. When you get a craving call your friend and go do something together. Exercise together.
  • Don't veg out in front of the TV.
  • Have a piece of sweet fruit like grapes, melons (watermelon is refreshing and good for you). Along with the fruits add a couple of teaspoons of low fat Ranch dressing or a low fat dressing of your choice.
  • Keep active and try not to sit for long periods of time.
  • Weight Watchers has different desserts you can buy in your grocer's freezer, but don't pig out. Less is best and the servings are the correct size. The trick is to eat it slow! Savor every single bite!
  • You can buy candy called "Real Fruit" and they are fruit juice made into little blobs of gel.
  • Drink a glass of organic Pomegranate juice, which is naturally sweet and great for the body.
  • Fruit-filled yogurts are good for you and taste great.
  • If you have the urge for chocolate, buy a chocolate bar that has squares and take one to two squares (give the rest to someone else) and suck on it. The taste lasts longer and the calories are low. The urge is gone!
  • One day out of the weekend have a "piggy night." This doesn't mean to go overboard, but if you want some chips and dip then get the natural chips (taste better) and low fat chip dip and have something else you crave. Then the next day go back on your diet and mean it.

Companies that make a food product use all sorts of tricks of the trade to make the consumer want it! What is it? Fat, sugar and salt! Why do you think they serve salted peanuts, etc., in bars? Because it makes people drink more. Popcorn is sold at movies and it's the salt and so-called butter that makes it taste good. There are hidden sugars in almost everything you buy, so read those labels.

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What causes celery craving?

I used to crave celery and ate up to 3 heads of it a day for about 6 years. 2 months ago I was diagnosed with severe iron deficiency anaemia and have been taking iron tablets and find I no longer want to eat celery! I have just read somewhere that pica (cravings) is often for crunchy food, and that people who are iron deficient sometimes have these cravings.

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Why do you crave garlic?

I have done a lot of research to find out why I can't get enough garlic. I eat so much of it that I can no longer smell it or taste it without a large quantity. My Husband tells me I smell like a pickle and yet I still can't get enough.

Throughout my research I have found that garlic does a lot of good things for a person's body, a female especially. Well documented health benefits include reduction of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and increasing lipoproteins(good cholesterol), lowering high blood pressure, helps prevent yeast infections, some cancers, colds, and the flu, as well as having good antibacterial, antifungal, antiinflammatory, antioxidant and immune stimulant properties.

Therefore my conclusion to the craving of garlic is that for some reason my body needs it. I am not the type to visit the Dr. unless I'm on my death bed, so it is possible that i have a bacterial infection or like I assumed a yeast infection. That is how I came to my conclusion. IF you really want to know more google it. Do your own research and I'm sure you'll find there are more benefits from Garlic then setbacks. Unless you have an allergic reaction to it of course....

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Why do you crave cheese?

Cheese kind of works like heroin, the brain will want more of it, that's why. Though, I'm not saying that people should inject cheese into their arms. I hope i answered your question.

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What is common cravings?

Food craving & food adversions are the common cravings. There is too many to list here. But basically when you're pregnant, anything goes! Food you used to hate you may now crave or food you once loved may make you feel sick.

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What causes specific food cravings during pregnancy?

When a woman is pregnant her taste buds become much more sensitive and so they tend to crave certain kinds of foods,although for each woman is different so they crave different things. And in some rare cases some woman even crave charcoal.

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Why would someone crave ice?

According to the Mayo Clinic (see related link below), craving ice can be a sign of anaemia.

Pica, which is the medical term to describe constant cravings for substances with no nutritional value, such as ice, dirt or paper, tends to be associated with iron deficiency anemia.

However, it can also be a sign of other nutritional deficiencies or medical problems, so it warrants a checkup with a doctor.

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Why do I crave bread?

I found a link that might explain why you crave bread...It's in someone's blog...But I'm not entirely sure if it's true. You can check it out and do more research if you want, unless the post is sufficient enough to explain what you're wondering.

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Why do you crave pickles in the middle of the night?

its just your craving

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How do you get rid of cravings for chocolate?

When your craving something, many people tell you to just have a little bit of it, like if your craving chocolate, then just have one square and you will have satisfied your cravings.

BUT if you are anything like me, then one square will lead to another and another and another, until before you know you've eaten the entire bar and feel like a pig. :(

So, my advice is to NOT give in to it. But obviously this is hard, otherwise we would all be skinny... so the best thing to do when you are craving something is to CHUG two glasses of water. THIS WORKS. You will not be craving whatever it was you wanted, and you will be so full from the water that you will not be hungry AT ALL.

Plus water is very good for you. :)

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Why do you crave tea?

Tea contains caffeine which is known to be an addictive substance.


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