5 Cravings That Are A Sign You Have A Health Problem
We've all been there: that moment when you just need to have a burger (or a milkshake or a bag of potato chips), and nothing else on Earth will do. But why exactly do we have food cravings? And what do they mean?
It's a popular belief that cravings are the result of nutritional shortfalls. "There is very little science-based evidence on food cravings linked to nutritional deficiencies," says Sharon Palmer, RDN, author of The Plant-Powered Life. "And if food cravings were related to something you need, then wouldn't you be craving kale or apples, not ice cream and French fries? Instead, people tend to crave foods that are rich in fats, carbs, and sugar." (Especially sugar, according to a new study.)