Why Do We Have Unhealthy Food Cravings?

Cravings can stem from emotional, hormonal biochemical factors, or a combination of these.

The most common are:

  • Blood sugar imbalance (is seen as the foundation for most cravings).
  • Emotional and psychological stress.
  • Food allergy (we often crave the very food to which we are allergic! – and a few people still believe that we crave certain foods because we need to remedy a specific nutritional deficiency!)
  • Binge eating and other types of eating disorders.
Most of our cravings tend to be for less healthy, high-sugar or high-fat foods.


A major trigger for food cravings is low blood sugar.

The Glycaemic index (GI) is a way of ranking carbohydrate-containing foods based on how slow or quickly they are digested and increase blood glucose.

Foods with a high GI are bad-for-us foods.

The list below will help you know what to avoid:

  • White and wholewheat breads,
  • White rice,
  • Rice Cakes as these may raise your blood sugar levels,
  • Most breakfast cereals and cereal bars,
  • Cakes, biscuits and sweet treats,
  • Chocolates,
  • Rice crackers,
  • Sweetened dairy products.


The above is an exact excerpt from my book: The following is an exact excerpt from my book:  “Youthing: Look Younger, Stay Healthier, Live Longer.”

You can order the book there, in paperback. Links to the eBook can also be found on that page. The cost of the eBook is considerably less than the paperback.
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