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17 Nov 2018, Edition - 1222, Saturday

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Health & Lifestyle

What Your Food Cravings Are Trying To Tell You


Whether it’s pangs for a serving of deliciously crisp fries or a divine slice of dark chocolate cake, food cravings come in all forms and sometimes strike at the most unlikely times. Besides signaling you to head to the fridge, did you know that there’s more that your cravings are trying to tell you? You may have not been listening before, but it’s about time you did. The next time hunger pangs hit you hard for a specific food, here’s what it could possibly mean.

1. Spicy Food

The next time you have a hankering for a spicy serving of Sichuan noodles, it could point to your lungs. According to Well and Good, foods high in spice raise the body temperature and help put an end to a virus, like a cold or the flu. You can indulge yourself in this craving with garlic, ginger and pepper.

2. Sour Food

Sour foods aren’t just a craving for pregnancy craving. Sour foods help the body to break down fats as well as absorb liquids – just make sure you don’t go overboard. To indulge yourself in a sour craving the healthy way; lemons, oranges and plums are a good idea.

3. Sweet, Carb-Rich Food

Possibly the most popular craving there is, the ache to eat something sweet or rich in carbs could be connected to anxiety, tiredness or even muscle pain. To satisfy it, opt for items that sweet in their natural form like fruits, honey or go the sinful route with a piece of dark chocolate.

4. Salty Food

The next time you crave for a tub of salty buttered popcorn, remember that it’s directly connected to your kidneys. Salt is required by the body in small amounts so to give in with nuts, beans or berries.