6 Surprising Reasons You're Craving Sugar

Find out why you can't get enough of the sweet stuff.

6 Surprising Reasons You're Craving Sugar

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.

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You're experiencing menopause or perimenopause.

You may have experienced sugar craving, particularly chocolate, over the years when you had premenstrual symptoms or during your period. Now, if your sugar cravings seem to be fluctuating throughout the month, it could be due to hormone changes in your body. If you’re experiencing perimenopause or menopause, an estrogen and progesterone deficiency could be driving those sugar cravings. Some women also experience changes in insulin levels and experience blood sugar swings with their hormones changes. Talk to your doctor about these symptoms, as sugar cravings may be a sign that you’re experiencing perimenopause or something else is going on with your health.

More: 10 Natural Ways to Relieve Menopause Symptoms

Green Tea With Egg White Foam to Soothe Your Sore Throat

From Dr. Oz's new book on traditional Chinese medicine, "Yin Yang You" — out now!

Are you one of so many people who suffer from pain, stress and anxiety? Dr. Oz set out to help you find relief. So to fill the gaps in modern Western medicine, he looked to traditional Chinese medicine — which uses 5,000-year-old traditions to help people preserve their health and prevent sickness. These ancient secrets are what inspired his new book, "Yin Yang You," about the powerful methods you can do right at home! Click here to grab your own copy.

The book is also filled with tons of delicious recipes that are packed with nutrients for your health. Here's an easy one to get started with. This green tea has a special twist to soothe a sore throat that comes on quickly. Egg whites and sugar are whipped together to add some foam to classic green tea for a cooling and coating effect.

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