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Food Cravings May Reflect Your Personality

Interpreting Your Personality Through Food Cravings

Food cravings often have a life of their own. I have a friend who once braved a rainstorm because she had to have a bag of salty potato chips. I thought she was crazy, but it seems that food cravings may have specific reasoning behind them, and may tell us something about who we are.

Alan R. Hirsch, M.D., head of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago and the author of "What Flavor Is Your Personality?" has spent a career try to understand what our cravings say about us. After studying the food choices and cravings of almost 20,000 people for the last 25 years, Hirsch has found some consistent generalizations of what our cravings say about our personalities.

To find out if your craving means you're a loner or the life of the party,


  • If you crave chocolate, you're probably needing a bit of a mood booster. This makes sense to me since I always crave chocolate before I get my period and my mood is a bit down. Chocolate stimulates serotonin production in the brain, the chemicals responsible for pleasure. According to Hirsch, people who crave dark chocolate are "social butterflies" and the "life of the party." Milk chocolate cravings indicate you're more "introspective and quiet."
  • My friend might like to know that her craving for salty potato chips could indicate she's got a mineral deficiency, specifically potassium, calcium, and iron. Hirsh says that people who like the salt lick "go with the flow" and "believe that outside forces determine their fate."
  • If you love spicy foods like Mexican or Thai, it might mean you have problems cooling down. Eating spicy foods raise your body temperature and force you to perspire. It could mean that you "dislike order and wasting time" too.
  • If sugar gets you going, chances are you're looking for an energy boost. Sugarholics tend to "walk toward the wild side" and live a carefree lifestyle with "few regrets."
  • If you like the combination of sweet and salty foods it could be an indication that your body's cells are feeling sluggish since they need glucose and sodium to function properly. And though you're "a loner," you're probably a bit on the creative side. Some might describe you as being "standoffish" but you're really just "private."

Where do you fall in this spectrum, and do you think these interpretations hold water?

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Shapla14765023 Shapla14765023 3 years
SPICY FOODS ARE THE BEST!!!!!!! can't get enough spice. yum yum yum.. BEST if its juicy and spicy yumm!! and has a bit of sour,salty,sweet everything in it. *drooling* :P
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
starlotus713 starlotus713 7 years
I wasn't craving any of those things but now I am...all of them. Thanks for that!
biarose biarose 7 years
Call me naive but I tend to just think that when I crave junk food it's because I'm hungry and the food is yummy.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I crave all of the above, with the exception of spicy.
wolfjinx25 wolfjinx25 7 years
I usually crave salty or sweet so yeah it describes me down to a T. I don't eat it often though. I stay away from potato chips and have pretzels instead - Synder Chedder Cheese bits (just a few and I'm good).
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I usually crave salty or sweet/salty things and I guess people sometimes describe me as a loner and a very private person. But these descriptions are way too could be any or all of those things.
Hello890 Hello890 7 years
I agree with most of the posters here about the personality traits being a bit off. However, I can see the value in the nutritional advice he gives. I've just changed my diet a bit and am making sure I get all the stuff I need, nutrition-wise, and boy, can I tell the difference! I used to always crave sweets and salty/fried stuff every day and now I rarely do! :)
2muchtv 2muchtv 7 years
I don't believe in Barnum statements, but they are fun =) I crave all, depends on my mood.
michlny michlny 7 years
What is true is that cravings usually signal the body's deficiency of a nutrient.
sarahcateh sarahcateh 7 years
Wow this reminds me of astrology. Completely useless and baseless.
doogirl doogirl 7 years
I disagree with all of those interpretations! They don't apply to me or anyone I know. Lame!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Creative standoffish loner. haha. yep.
nikkisoda nikkisoda 7 years
Salty and sweet is totally me!
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