Food Cravings – The Truth Behind The “Mystery”

By Jordan & Kyla Miller, R.H.N.

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Food cravings seem to have touched most of us at one point or another. It is that sudden urge to want something out of the ordinary; that insatiable desire to eat a particular kind of food – the kind of food that has your mouth watering (I’m sure most of you know what we are talking about here); in fact, I bet you mouth is watering right now thinking about that very food.

In most cases, food cravings can be quelled with a simple ready-to-eat-snack, or a 2-minute-microwave-meal, however these types of choices regularly leave us with regret and, more often than not, sore tummies.

What if I were to tell you that food cravings are actually a good thing?

What if I were to say that food cravings are essential in our daily life?

Would you believe me?

The fact of the matter is that food cravings are very important biochemical indicators that inform us when our body actually needs a particular nutrient. The thing is, most people (including ourselves) struggle to identify the true implication of the craving(s). Most of us live in the reality that “pre-packaged foods” are now considered an important part of a balanced diet; we also believe that they offer the same nutrient content as a food substance that has not been adulterated or reconstituted. By existing in this reality, we set ourselves up for failure.

The truth is, there is hope! We just have to harness our energies by discerning the body’s cries for “real food”. In order to simplify your life a bit, we have found a table outlining the most common “food cravings”, the missing nutrients associated with those cravings, and which foods you can ingest to take corrective action in fulfilling your body’s need to function.

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In order to put these cravings at bay, we just have to take the time to truly listen to our bodies and allow ourselves to be guided by our instincts. Let us discover the true beauty and essence of food!

Your question: What food do you most often “crave”? (post your comments below)

Article Sources:

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  2. Lectures, Cheryl M. Deroin, NMD, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Spring 2003 (healthy food recommendations)
  3. Benard Jenson, PhD, The Chemistry of Man B. Jensen Publisher, 1983 (deficiencies linked to specific cravings and some food recommendations)

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About the Author

Jordan & Kyla are passionate about health; together, they have overcome many illnesses through dietary and lifestyle changes, and the art of practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is currently studying to become a Reiki Master, and Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist. For more information, please visit or for nutritional consultations.

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  • Mike

    Wow seems really weird that the cravings for a particular type of food have little to do with what we are potentially lacking. So backwards. :S

  • Gill

    Interesting article. I would be interested to know if this article is based on any research? Some of the more common ones I would have heard of such as chocolate and magnesium, sweets and chromium.

  • Melanija

    Whats missing if you crave clay, chalk or cornstarch? (Yes, I know that’s PICA)

  • Very interesting. Thanks for this. I see that this appears to have some interesting research behind it – and it is clear that food cravings can ‘lie’ to your body in the same way that pain can lie about the source of the problem. It also makes me wonder about ‘food dislikes’. Some time ago I wrote a blog suggesting that we might learn a lot by analyzing what foods people don’t like, and how dislikes might relate to healthinesss.

  • Mary Ann

    I was fascinated by this article, very interesting. I could have spent hours on this one. I just found this website.