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 on a low-fat diet.

While the low-fat diet craze was more popular in the 80’s and 90’s, if you recently decided to trim fat from your diet and picked up a ton of low-fat, fat-free, and non-fat foods from the grocery store, your sugar cravings could seem elevated. Many processed foods that tout “low-fat” or “non-fat” on the packaging have added sugar (and sodium) to help make the food taste better. One study followed a group of participants that were either on a low-fat diet or low-carb diet for two years and found that the low-fat dieters tended to report higher levels of hunger. The low-carb dieters’ preferences for high-carb foods and high-sugar foods decreased more over time than the low-fat dieters' cravings did. Unless your doctor told you to go on a low-fat diet, keep healthy fats, like avocados, nuts, nut butters, and heart-healthy oils like coconut or olive oil in your diet, as part of your balanced meal plan to help you feel satiated and control sugar cravings.

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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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