MYTH 1: You Crave a Food Because You’re Deficient in Certain Nutrients
Well, if this one were true, most of us must be deficient in pizza, ice cream and fries. According to the USDA, the nutrients most Americans fall short on include vitamins A, D, E and C, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, fiber and potassium. Yet we rarely hear about cravings for the foods that contain these nutrients, like carrots, garbanzo beans or an apple. On average, we’re also overconsuming saturated fat, sodium and sugar, yet craving drivers tend to be high in all three. In general, it’s important to listen to your body. But food cravings are often sparked by non-nutrition triggers like stress, emotions and social interactions, not missing nutrients.
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