If you really want it hot or sweet.

Traction to certain products.

Once on one of the forums I was asked a question about the irresistible desire for sharp and salty. I myself have long been interested in what the emerging and disappearing craving for certain products means. My observations and searches in the medical literature and the Internet led to interesting conclusions. I offer some excerpts.

Does life without salt fish or chocolate seem meaningless to you? Scientists believe that a strong craving for certain products indicates a lack of vital substances in the body.

Of course, you can justify your unreasonable eating behavior by stating “if the body wants it, it means it needs to.” But this does not help solve the problem of lack of vitamins and trace elements.

To get rid of “food addiction”, review your daily diet and make it as diverse and useful as possible. After all, the deficiency of certain substances in the body, and hence the increased craving for a particular food, is a result of an unbalanced diet.

Passion salty, spicy or spicy

If you are drawn to a particular product, determine what attracts you to it. For example, when you feel an overwhelming desire to eat a piece of salami or is ready to give your life for a bag of salted pistachios, this does not always mean that your body is in dire need of sausage or nuts. Most likely, it lacks salt. If onions, garlic, spices and seasonings become an irresistible desire, as a rule, they can indicate problems with the respiratory organs. If you want to be sour, this may indicate a lack of magnesium. It is found in roasted nuts and seeds, fruit, leguminous beans and legumes. In addition, an acute need for spices, as a rule, is experienced by people with respiratory problems. If a person is drawn onto garlic and onions and he smears bread with mustard instead of jam, perhaps some kind of respiratory disease is on his nose. Apparently, in this way – with the help of phytoncids – the body tries to protect itself against infection.

Moderate salt food and do not get carried away with salt-free diets. According to the latest research, 1 gram of salt, if slowly absorbed in the mouth after lunch, promotes good digestion and absorption of food. Of course, this advice can be used only by those who have no indications to limit salt.


Chocolate sweet

More often than others, caffeine fans and those whose brains especially need glucose suffer from “chocolate mania”. This also applies to other sweets. If you eat unbalanced, your body will also need glucose – as the fastest source of energy. Namely, chocolate perfectly copes with this task. But keep in mind that this product contains a lot of fat, the excess of which is dangerous for your vessels and figure. In addition, if you want chocolate, it can talk about a lack of magnesium. (try replacing it with unroasted nuts and seeds, fruits, pods and legumes), chromium (broccoli, grapes, cheese, chicken, calf liver), carbon (fresh fruit), phosphorus (chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts, pods and legumes), sulfur (cranberries, horseradish, various types of cabbage), tryptophan – one of the essential amino acids (cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potatoes, spinach).

People with carbohydrate metabolism, hypoglycemia or diabetes patients have a special love for ice cream. Psychologists see in love for ice cream a manifestation of longing for childhood.

Eat more vegetables and cereals – they are rich in complex carbohydrates. And as a dessert, choose dried fruit or honey with a small amount of nuts.

Cheese dairy

Cheese is spicy, salty, with spices and without … You can not live a single day without it, its taste drives you crazy – you are ready to absorb it in kilograms (in any case, you eat at least 100 g per day). Nutritionists claim that those who have an acute need for calcium and phosphorus adore cheese. Of course, cheese is the richest source of these much-needed and extremely beneficial substances for the body, but fats …

Try replacing cheese with broccoli – there is a lot of calcium and phosphorus in it, and there are almost no calories. If your body is well perceived milk – drink 1-2 cups a day, and eat cheese a little (no more than 50 g per day) and with raw vegetables.

Fans of dairy products, especially cottage cheese, are most often people who need calcium. Sudden love of milk may also arise from the lack of essential amino acids – tryptophan, lysine and leucine.

Sour lemon passion

Perhaps, difficult-to-digest foods predominate in your diet, and the body is trying to increase the acidity of the gastric juice to facilitate its work. Thrust to lemons, cranberries and

Choose moderate-fat meals and don’t mix a lot of foods in one go. Avoid fried, salted and overly spicy foods, as well as those that have undergone excessive heat treatment. Having noticed problems with digestion (especially on the part of the liver and gall bladder), be sure to check with a gastroenterologist.

Smoked Passion

The passion for smoked meats and similar delicacies usually overcomes those who are on too strict a diet. Prolonged restriction in the diet of fat-containing products leads to a decrease in the level of “good” cholesterol in the blood, and in smoked products a sufficient amount of saturated fat.

Do not get carried away with low-fat food – choose the one in which there is still a little fat. For example, buy yogurt, kefir or ryazhenka with one or two percent fat content. Eat no less than a tablespoon of vegetable and a teaspoon of butter a day, even if you are on a strict diet. Scientists have experimentally proved that it is those who consume enough fats that lose weight faster.

Bread passion

May signal a lack of nitrogen. Replenish it with high-protein foods (fish, meat, nuts, beans).

Fat Passion

Do you want fatty foods? Perhaps these are symptoms of a lack of calcium. Contained in: broccoli, leguminous and legumes, cheese, sesame.

Pulls on butter? It is observed in vegetarians, in whose diet is low in fat, and in the inhabitants of the North, who lack vitamin D.

Icy passion

Want to chew on the ice? Possible lack of iron. Contained in: meat, fish, poultry, sea kale, greens, sweet cherries.

Tea and Coffee Passion

Can talk about the lack of phosphorus (try to fill it with the products in which it contains: chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts, leguminous and legumes), sulfur (contained in: cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables ), sodium (contained in sea salt, apple cider vinegar), iron (contained in red meat, fish, poultry, sea kale, green vegetables, sweet cherries).

Liquid passion

Do you want constantly liquid food? Most likely, you just do not have enough water. Do not forget to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day, you can with the addition of lemon juice or lime.

Passion for fizzy drinks ovorit about the lack of calcium. Contained in broccoli, leguminous and legumes, cheese, sesame.

Want some cold drinks? Perhaps this is a shortage of manganese. Contained in walnuts, almonds, pecans, blueberries.


Hard passion

Do you want solid food? Anyway, you have a shortage of water! The body is so dehydrated that it has already lost the ability to feel thirst. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day, you can with the addition of lemon juice or lime.

Passion “exotic”

Paints, plaster, earth, chalk, clay, activated carbon … – and it happens! The desire to chew all this arises usually in babies, teenagers and pregnant women. It indicates a deficiency of calcium and vitamin D, which occurs during a period of intensive growth in children and the formation of the skeletal system of the fetus during pregnancy.

Often, such complaints are characteristic of patients with anemia (anemia) caused by a deficiency (iron deficiency in the body). It is necessary to lean on dairy products, eggs, butter and fish – so you can easily rectify the situation.

Now about the individual “personal” rods.

Olives and olives. This addiction is possible with disorder of the thyroid gland.

Bananas. If you lose your head from the smell of ripe bananas, pay attention to the state of your heart, then you need potassium. Banana lovers are found, as a rule, among those who take diuretics or cortisone preparations that “eat” potassium. Banana contains about 600 mg of potassium, that is, a quarter of the daily requirement of an adult. However, these fruits are very high in calories. If you are afraid of gaining weight, replace the bananas with tomatoes, white beans or figs.

Sunflower seeds. The desire to gnaw seeds often occurs in those who are in dire need of antioxidant vitamins. This means that your body has a lot of free radicals – the main provocateurs of premature aging.

Peanuts, peanut butter. Do you want to constantly peanuts? This, according to scientists, is inherent in the first place to the inhabitants of megacities. If you have a passion for peanuts, as well as legumes, then your body does not receive enough B vitamins.

Melon. Melons contain a lot of potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamins A and C. People with a weak nervous and cardiovascular system have a particular need for them. By the way, half of the average melon contains no more than 100 kcal, so that those extra pounds you are not afraid.

Seafood. Constant thirst for seafood, especially mussels and sea kale, is observed with iodine deficiency. such people need to buy iodized salt.

Zhor on the eve of critical days?

Most likely, you have a shortage of zinc. It is found in red meat (especially meat of internal organs), seafood, leafy vegetables, and root vegetables.

But if you were attacked by a common “invincible” zhor, you may have a shortage of silicon (it is found in nuts, seeds; avoid refined starchy products that bind silicon), tryptophan, tyrosine amino acids (found in vitamin C supplements in the vitamin C or orange, green, and red fruits and vegetables).

If the appetite is gone completely, This suggests a lack of vitamin B1 (found in nuts, seeds, legumes, liver and other internal organs of animals), vitamin B2 (found in tuna, halibut, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, seeds, legumes and chillies), manganese ( found in walnuts, almonds, pecans, blueberries).

Do you want to smoke?

Contained in nuts, seeds; Avoid refined starchy foods.


2. Lack of tyrosine (amino acid).

Contained in vitamin supplements with vitamin C or in orange, green and red fruits and vegetables.

In addition, insurmountable craving for certain products can be a signal of any violations of body functions. So, if lately you are pulling at you with terrible force:

SWEET. Perhaps you are working for wear and have already planted nerves. Glucose is actively involved in the development of the stress hormone – adrenaline. Therefore, in case of nervous and mental overstrain, sugar is consumed more quickly, and the body constantly requires new portions. In such a situation, treat yourself to sweets is not a sin. But it is better not to devour pieces of pastry cakes (they have a lot of heavy carbohydrates), and restrict yourself to chocolate or candy.

Salty If the beast attacks the pickled cucumbers, tomatoes and herring, if the food seems to be under-salted all the time, it can be an exacerbation of chronic inflammation or the appearance of a new source of infection in the body. Practice shows that most often these problems are associated with the genitourinary system – cystitis, prostatitis, inflammation of the appendages, etc. Also, it draws on saline while reducing immunity.

ACID. Often this is a signal of low acidity of the stomach. This happens with gastritis with insufficient secretory function, when it produces little gastric juice. You can check this with the help of gastroscopy. Also, food with a sour taste has cooling, astringent properties, helps to alleviate health during colds and fever, stimulates the appetite.

Bitter Perhaps this is a signal of intoxication of the body after an incompletely treated disease or slagging of the digestive system. If you often want something with a bitter taste, it makes sense to arrange fasting days, to do cleansing procedures.

Smarting Does the dish seem to be bland until you turn half of the pepper into it and your legs lead to a Mexican restaurant? This may mean that you have a “lazy” stomach, it slowly digests food, it requires a stimulus for this. And burning spices and spices just stimulate digestion. Also, the need for acute can signal a violation of lipid metabolism and an increase in the amount of “bad” cholesterol. Spicy food thins the blood, promotes the removal of fat, “cleans” the vessels. But at the same time irritates the mucous. So don’t pounce on chili and salsa on an empty stomach.

BINDING. If you suddenly unbearably wanted to send a handful of cherry berries into your mouth or you can’t safely walk past the persimmon, your defenses weaken and urgently need recharge. Products with astringent taste contribute to the division of skin cells (help heal wounds), improve complexion. Helps to stop bleeding (for example, with myomas), remove sputum for broncho-pulmonary problems. But astringent food thickens the blood – it can be dangerous for people with increased blood clotting and a tendency to thrombosis (with varicose veins, hypertension, some heart diseases).

FRESH. The need for such food often occurs with gastritis or gastric ulcer with high acidity, constipation, as well as problems with the liver and gall bladder. Fresh food is weak, helps relieve cramping pains, soothes the stomach. But if all the food seems to you fresh, tasteless, then we can talk about a form of depression with a violation of taste perception. Sometimes disorders of the sense of taste can be caused by disorders of the brain when the taste nerve receptors are affected.

But what psychologists say about the irresistible burden on products. In general, any taste preferences indicate the presence of special psychological needs. The craving for the spicy gives the desire to add to the life of pepper, to hard foods – nuts, hard fruits – the desire to win. Psychologists know that the love of a certain food is rooted in childhood or any other happy time when certain foods were associated with joy, reward or a sense of security. Therefore, the basis of food dependence is not so much the physiological need for a particular food product, as the desire to return the best moments of life.

Food addictions of a person influence his character – scientists have identified a direct relationship between eating habits of a person and his mental state. In particular, it is argued that lovers chocolate experiencing an acute lack of love. Deep down they feel lonely and miserable, they lack pity and attention.

Nervous and aggressive people prefer meat, especially beef. On the contrary, people who prefer mostly fruits and vegetables, have a calm and balanced character.

Products of animal origin, of course, bear their special “psychological charge”. According to research sausage and boiled meat other products are preferred by diligent, diligent and obliging people. Love to fatty foods gives out a jealous nature. Passion kebabs and smoked sausage talks about romance, wild imagination and thirst for travel. About the dreaminess of nature and love says gifts of the sea.

Addicted to dairy products gives the need for care, because this food is associated with mother’s milk, and hence with the period of life when we were protected and surrounded by love.

Tomatoes in any form they prefer generous and democratic people with a broad heart. Sensitive natures choose cucumbers, and those who lack courage and determination – cabbage and beans. But individuals who eat exclusively vegetables, in the opinion of psychologists, they are distinguished by an increased disgust, fear of difficulties, and compliance.

The most healthy and mentally balanced psychologists believe lovers carrots and apples, but the scholar reckons fans of sour, salty and pickled to be tyrants, although not always explicit.

By the way, it is known that Ivan the Terrible loved pickles and sour milk, Peter I preferred products with a sour taste, and Stalin could not live without young wine and lemons.

Psychologists believe that people with persistent problems are often not very picky about food and eat often enough. To clarify for yourself some of the personality traits can be, watching the attitude of a person to food. Gourmet, as a manifestation of hedonism, speaks of the love of life, the pursuit of happiness, the desire to live brightly. Therefore, gourmets rarely suffer from depression. But food asceticism testifies to melancholicity, depression and some apathy, because a person is not aimed at getting pleasure.

So sometimes it is really worth thinking about when the hand involuntarily reaches out for the tenth time in a row to the same product!

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