Beat Your Worst Food Cravings

Cookies, chips or chocolate constantly calling your name? If you're tired of battling your brain for control of your diet, get to the bottom of what your cravings really mean and watch them disappear (11 Photos)

Brenda Kearns on Nov 1, 2011 at 11:26AM

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Beat Your Worst Food Cravings

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Beat Your Worst Food Cravings

A McGill University study suggests as many as 87 percent of women struggle with annoying, even overwhelming food cravings. Good news: “Cravings aren’t a sign of weakness -- they’re triggered by deficiencies and chemical imbalances that we now know how to correct,” says nutrition researcher Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now! So...

If You Crave: Chocolate
The Likely Culprit: A Magnesium Deficiency
According to Tucson’s University of Arizona researchers, up to 49 percent of women with food cravings are defeated by chocolate -- some during their premenstrual week, others daily. Underlying trigger? Usually a magnesium deficit. Chocolate contains up to 65 milligrams of magnesium per ounce, so these cravings are your brain trying to correct a shortfall in the tastiest way possible, says Carolyn Dean, M.D., author of The Magnesium Miracle

Rx: The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for magnesium is 320 milligrams daily. Skip the chocolate with spinach (157 milligrams per cup), nuts and seeds (up to 156 milligrams per ounce) and soybeans (108 milligrams per cup). If you must, reach for dark chocolate. According to USDA trials, it contains triple the magnesium of milk chocolate, so you’ll need less to feel fulfilled.

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