Find out why you can't get enough of the sweet stuff.
By Diana Kelly Levey
You might be tempted to blame the holiday season for suddenly thinking about and craving sweets more often, but there may be some other causes for your sweet tooth in play. Here are six unexpected reasons you’re craving candy, cookies, and cake at all hours of the day. Read on to find out more and learn how to regain control over your diet as well.
You're eating too much salt.
Processed food, junk food, and fast food are packed with sodium and highly addictive. These foods trigger the release of dopamine, a brain chemical that motivates us to engage in rewarding behaviors, like to keep eating more salt and sugar, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Having fewer receptors of dopamine can trigger overeating. Basically, you need to eat more in order to experience that feeling of pleasure that comes with dopamine.
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