What do food cravings mean?

I found this great chart of food cravings and what they really mean we should be eating. I always knew that if I was longing for chocolate, there was probably a deficiency in some area, but I didn’t know what it was. Thankfully, now I do. And you do too!

Here is the reprinted chart…

If you crave this… What you really need is… And here are healthy foods that have it:
Chocolate Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Sweets Chromium Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken
Carbon Fresh fruits
Phosphorus Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, grains
Sulfur Cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale, cabbage
Tryptophan Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Bread, toast Nitrogen High protein foods: fish, meat, nuts, beans
Oily snacks, fatty foods Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Coffee or tea Phosphorous Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes
Sulfur Egg yolks, red peppers, muscle protein, garlic, onion, cruciferous vegetables
NaCl (salt) Sea salt, apple cider vinegar (on salad)
Iron Meat, fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Alcohol, recreational drugs Protein Meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, nuts
Avenin Granola, oatmeal
Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Glutamine Supplement glutamine powder for withdrawal, raw cabbage juice
Potassium Sun-dried black olives, potato peel broth, seaweed, bitter greens
Chewing ice Iron Meat, fish, poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Burned food Carbon Fresh fruits
Soda and other carbonated drinks Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Salty foods Chloride Raw goat milk, fish, unrefined sea salt
Acid foods Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Preference for liquids rather than solids Water Flavor water with lemon or lime. You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.
Preference for solids rather than liquids Water You have been so dehydrated for so long that you have lost your thirst. Flavor water with lemon or lime. You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.
Cool drinks Manganese Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
Pre-menstrual cravings Zinc Red meats (especially organ meats), seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables
General overeating Silicon Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
Tryptophan Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Tyrosine Vitamin C supplements or orange, green, red fruits and vegetables
Lack of appetite Vitamin B1 Nuts, seeds, beans, liver and other organ meats
Vitamin B3 Tuna, halibut, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, seeds and legumes
Manganese Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
Chloride Raw goat milk, unrefined sea salt
Tobacco Silicon Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
Tyrosine Vitamin C supplements or orange, green and red fruits and vegetables
  1. Lectures, Cheryl M. Deroin, NMD, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Spring 2003 (healthy food recommendations)
  2. Benard Jenson, PhD, The Chemistry of Man B. Jensen Publisher, 1983 (deficiencies linked to specific cravings and some food recommendations)

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Comments

  1. Hi,

    I don’t know what the basis of arriving at those conclusions are, but they are eerily near-true. I checked 3 at random and they all stood true or almost there. Wouldn’t recommend it blindly – it would be great to read the rationale behind those derivations.

    Best,

  2. I have had two cravings for the last 6-8 months. One was ice; which I still had and a friend of mine told me to have my blood tested for anemia. At first I thought she was nuts, turns out I am anemic, go figure. The second craving however, is not so clear. I can eat a whole bottle of olives at one setting, they don’t have to be in that slightly salty solution either. They can be in oil or any other solution, be stuffed or not just the green variety though. Haven’t tried the black olives. My doctor doesn’t have an explanation for this though. I can literally walk pass the aisle in the grocery store and my mouth starts to water. Does anyone have a clue and no, I’m not pregnant.

  3. Polish Mama on the Prairie says:

    Thank you for the chart, makes it easier for people. Btw, R. Carter, it could mean you need more salt in your diet (but I don’t know about that one) OR you could have an underactive thyroid, which I would get checked out since anemia and an underactive thyroid are sometimes linked. And I would switch drs., since your dr should have put those two together.

  4. shellie says:

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