From chocolate cupcakes to a big ol’ steak, not all cravings are created equal. While some are purely about pleasure (like your favorite comfort foods), others can point to a lack of nutrients or a hormonal imbalance. If you’ve ruled out stress or other emotional reasons you’re craving unhealthy foods, there might be a physiological reason your body is trying to get you to eat potato chips or pasta carbonara.
And while we’re all for giving in to temptation every once in a while, if you’re looking to maintain a balanced and healthy diet, there might be some swaps you can make. Read on to find out what your cravings mean and how you can honor them in a way that's good for your body.