Fruits and nuts cravings.
Does craving dried fruits and nuts are a sign of some vitamin deficiency?
Cravings can be indicators of our nutritional needs. For example, many pregnant women crave certain foods because the body needs extra minerals and vitamins. Your cravings may very well have to do with your body desiring the nutrients present in those foods. In my personal opinion, dried fruits are very sugary and taste quite sweet. Sometimes eating sweet foods may actually begin a cycle of craving more sugary foods. Nuts are typically salty (unless they're not roasted or salted), crunchy and creamy. I believe that eating lots of salt increases your appetite for salty foods. Some of the most addictive food combinations include a sweet element and a salty one. Think of pistachio ice cream or a cookie dough blizzard. The ice cream element is sweet while the salty element (nut or cookie dough chunk) opposes the sweet. Each element compliments the other and combines to form a truly tasty treat for our tongues.
Dried fruits contain sugars, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Nuts contain fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Certain nuts can contain anti-oxidants as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Your cravings might be a message from your body for more of these nutritional components.
As for determining a valid vitamin deficiency, you might be able to determine any missing nutrients by looking up symptoms of vitamin deficiencies online. Overall, you should listen to your body and eat a variety of nutritionally dense foods. Indulging in such cravings may satisfy a deficiency and allow you to crave other foods as well.
Cravings can go both ways, a lot of times it is a sign of nutrient deficiency, or that your body needs more. Dried fruits, such as cherries are very healing to the body, especially in arthritic conditions, or inflammation. they contain the same Cox 2 inhibitors as many of the NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen. The nuts you crave, are high in protein, which supply amino acids, and omega 3 fatty acids. Fatty acids feed the brain, skin, hair, and joints, to keep them well. Amino acids, feed the muscles, tendons, and brain.The salt contained in the nuts, could be a magnesium deficiency. Do you crave other salty foods? This could be a clue, as our american diet does not contain enough magnesium. Are you dehydrated? Eating salt, helps the body to retain water. (think of gatorade)
So therefore we would binge on that food, or crave it, because our body is not satisfied.
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