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How to Stop Sugar Cravings with Nutrition

Updated on March 30, 2012
How to Stop Sugar Cravings
How to Stop Sugar Cravings | Source

It's late at night and you have a gnawing craving that just won't seem to go away until you eat that chocolate ice cream or those Girl Scout cookies.

Although you want to improve your health it seems so hard. What can you do about it? How can you stop sugar cravings that seem beyond control?

Well, sometimes sugar cravings can be the result of being low in important nutrients and upping those nutrients in your diet and/or with supplements can help. Other nutrients just have the ability to curb those sugar cravings and keep you feeling better even though you may not exactly be deficient in them.
And many of these nutrients have the added benefit of being recommended for those with have diabetes or hypoglycemia.

So if you are tired of feeling out of control read on for how to make a few simple changes in your life and stop sugar cravings with nutrition.

Greetings from the Sugar Monster
Greetings from the Sugar Monster | Source

Top 5 Nutrients for Stopping Sugar Cravings

Here are five nutrients that can reduce or completely curb sugar cravings.

When you feel a sugar craving try taking 200 micrograms of chromium. If after 20 minutes you feel the craving subside it may indicate that you were low on chromium. Chromium helps insulin get glucose into your cells, and when that happens the message to your brain that you need more sugar can stop.

Add 10 milligrams manganese to your daily routine. Manganese helps the transport and metabolism of glucose and a deficiency of it can impair insulin production. Its role in balancing blood sugar levels can help control cravings.

Try taking a zinc supplement of 30 milligrams. A deficiency in zinc can cause poor sense of taste and smell...making sugar more desirable as it is one of the flavors you can taste better. Getting your zinc up to sufficient levels can satisfy your taste buds with less sugar.
Foods high in zinc include pumpkin seeds, herring, turkey, chicken, beef, molasses, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds.
Grains such as wheat may also high in zinc, but also contain phytic acids which inhibit the absorption of zinc.

For very strong sugar cravings take 500 milligrams l-glutamine up to three times a day. You can even open a capsule and put the powder on your tongue. L-glutamine is an amino acid that is converted into food for the brain.

Take magnesium 400 milligrams a day. While most Americans are told to take calcium, magnesium (which is essential for the absorption of calcium) is largely ignored.
The human body uses magnesium in hundreds of ways, including control of glucose metabolism and regulation of insulin. The "emotional" part of the brain also uses magnesium, and scientists speculate this may be why deficiencies of it can cause cravings of chocolate which induces pleasure.
When magnesium levels reach a healthy level cravings for sugar and chocolate often melt away.
Some magnesium rich foods include almonds, Brazil nuts, spinach, avocados, lentils, seaweed, tuna, whole milk, egg whites, cocoa (yep, cocoa), blackstrap molasses and more.

Some Additional Information

When possible get your nutrients from food sources. Nutritional supplements are meant to be just that, supplements...something in addition to a better diet. So eat better as well as taking supplements as needed.

Consider consulting a nutritionist in order to get advice that best suits your needs.

Other nutritional deficiencies may cause food cravings and lead to overeating. A healthy diet may help you want to eat less.

It is possible to get too much of some of these nutrients. Take them with care.

This article is intended only as general information and is not meant to replace the advice of medical experts or meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.


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    • Verna MacKay profile image

      Verna E MacKay 5 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Hi DreamsInBloom: I smiled when I read your article because I remember how hard it was for me to get the sugar out of my diet. I went through sugar withdraw and did not realize that I had been addicted to sugar which is actually a drug, but I finally got off it. Now if I use sugar I use honey instead which is a lot better. Thanks for your article.