Vitamin Deficiency and Sweet Cravings
Your brain and body work together to provide your cells with the right balance of nutrients and vitamins. When calories or vitamins are in short supply you begin to feel hungry or crave certain foods. However, giving in to cravings and eating a pound of chocolate will only make the situation worse because your body is not satisfied with the sugar or the chocolate, but requires the vitamins and minerals it is lacking to keep you healthy.
Chocolate is a good source of magnesium. If you crave chocolate your body may be low in magnesium, according to Colleen Huber, M.D., naturopathic physician and author at NaturopathyWorks.com. Magnesium is a mineral that is essential for your good health by keeping your heart rhythm steady, supporting your immune system and working with calcium to produce strong bones. Foods that are high in magnesium include green vegetables, nuts, potatoes, oatmeal, yogurt and avocado.
Chromium is an essential trace mineral that occurs naturally in small amounts of certain foods. It has a positive effect on improving glycemic control in people who suffer from diabetes. In a review of the science literature published in 2007 in “Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics,”researchers found that chromium picolinate had the greatest bioavailability. Chromium picolinate is a dietary supplement used to treat chromium deficiency.
Vitamin B complex vitamins help to modulate the production of serotonin in the body, and therefore will help to control or calm sugar cravings, according to Marcelle Pick, M.D., at WomenToWomen.com. B complex vitamins are found in vitamin-fortified breads and cereals, egg yolks, brown rice, berries, yeast, milk, cheese and butter. Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center state that vitamin B3 may delay the onset of insulin dependent diabetes and those deficient in this vitamin may experience less glucose control thus increasing sweet cravings.
Colleen Huber, M.D., writes at Mercola.com that sugar cravings can also be the result of deficiencies in carbon, phosphorus, sulphur and tryptophan. Food sources of carbon include broccoli, cheese, dried beans, chicken and calf liver. Carbon is found in fresh fruits, while phosphorus is found in chicken, liver, beef, fish, eggs, dairy and nuts. Sulphur compounds are found in onions, cranberries and cruciferous vegetable such as broccoli and cauliflower. Tryptophan is found in cheese, liver, lamb and spinach. Maintaining adequate levels of these nutrients will reduce your sugar rebound and your sugar cravings.