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
The Likely Culprit: Not Enough Iron Almost 10 percent of women are anemic, say researchers at Pennsylvania State University, PA. And aside from making you constantly tired, this mineral shortfall can make your taste buds die and slough off, leading to a sore tongue -- and then an odd craving for ice, which helps numb the pain, says Dr. Teitelbaum.
Rx: There’s no on-the-spot cure for this frustrating problem, but with patience you can restock your tissue stores of iron, erasing ice cravings permanently. Enjoying 4 ounces of iron-rich legumes, fortified cereals, meat or poultry daily is a great start. Also, if you are a tea drinker, it is important to sip your tea between meals, and not actually with your food (tea’s tannins bind to iron in the intestines, cutting the mineral’s absorption in half, say researchers at the University of California, Berkeley). On the other hand, Tufts University research showed that citrus, berries, bell peppers or tomatoes, which are rich in natural plant acids, double the amount of iron you absorb.