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Food Cravings: What They Really Mean

Cravings can get the best of us. Nothing is worse than craving a big hunk of yummy dark chocolate and then realizing it is completely unattainable (i.e., there is no dark chocolate to be found in your pantry). What about a substitute? has come up with a great list of foods we crave, what the craving is really saying we need and how to get it healthfully.

If you crave this... What you really need is... Here are healthy foods that have it...
Chocolate Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Bread/Toast Nitrogen High protein foods
Oily Snacks, Fatty Foods Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, cheese, legumes
Chewing Ice Iron Meat, fish, poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Cool Drinks Manganese Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
Burned Foods Carbon Fresh fruits
Pre-menstrual cravings Zinc Red meats (especially organ meats), seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables

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