Food cravings come mainly in 2 types: selective and non-selective. Non-selective (craving for food in general) can simply mean that you’re thirsty or hungry, but selective craving (craving for a specific product) is a complex psychological and chemical mechanism that your body can use to send you messages.
we’ve compiled a list of selective cravings and what the meaning of those cravings can be, plus we’ve looked into why we hardly crave healthy food, at the end of our article.
If you crave chocolate
Craving for chocolate is often related to a lack of magnesium, which in turn can lead to anxiety and depression. Another study provided evidence that eating between 100 and 400 grams of dark chocolate daily might be a natural way of curing depression, which could explain your craving too. Unfortunately, regular chocolate bars, that are available in supermarkets and other stores, do not count as dark chocolate and contain high doses of sugar.
Instead: Eat almonds or, if you want, you can stick to milk-free chocolate bars containing more than 70% cocoa. If you think you suffer from depression, make an appointment with your doctor.
If you crave donuts, sweets, and treats
There is a clear link between obesity and lack of sleep, not only because it makes weight loss physically difficult, but also because your body craves sugar when you’re tired, as this study shows. Since most of the sugary products available are full of refined sugar, making this a habit can have serious implications for your health.
Instead: Replace sweets, donuts, and other pastries with fruits like cherries, peaches, or watermelon. Dried fruits, like raisins, can also satisfy you.