Find out what your body is trying to tell you.
By Reina Berger
If you've ever found yourself craving a cupcake like no tomorrow, it may seem easy to just write it off as a quirky love of sugar or an act of hunger. However, as registered dietitian Maya Feller explains, sometimes when it comes to cravings, our bodies are trying to send messages to us, letting us know which nutrients we need and which conditions we may have. If you want to know what your sugar obsession, salt fixation, or hunger for meat really mean, keep reading.
Since chocolate is rich in magnesium, you may crave it more often if you have a deficiency. A great way to boost your magnesium intake is to eat healthy, nutrient-dense foods like nuts (cashews, almonds, and peanuts), leafy greens (spinach, kale, Swiss chard), bananas, beans (kidney and black beans), brown rice, and lentils. You may also be feeling depressed or lethargic since chocolate releases the neurotransmitter Phenylethylamine, which can impact blood sugar and blood pressure and make you feel more alert. The compounds in chocolate also release dopamine which can give you a euphoric or high feeling that your body may crave.