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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If You Crave: Sugary Desserts

The Likely Culprit: A Chromium Deficiency
As many as 90 percent of Americans are deficient in chromium -- mostly because this mineral is not found in a lot of foods to begin with and easily destroyed during food processing, say USDA researchers. The #1 symptom? Ferocious sugar cravings. “Chromium helps your tissues soak up glucose,” explains Richard Anderson, Ph.D., a research chemist at the USDA’s Diet, Genomics and Immunology Lab in Beltsville, MD. “When chromium levels plunge, your cells have trouble getting the sugar that they need, and that’s what leads to those intense cravings.”

Rx: According to the National Academy of Sciences, 25 to 50 micrograms daily is often enough to short-circuit sugar binges. Some simple ways to ramp up your daily intake: Eggs (the yolks contain 35 micrograms of chromium each), cheese (16 micrograms per ounce), 100% whole grain or rye breads (up to 12 micrograms per slice) and beer (up to 30 micrograms per 12 ounce glass).

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