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.
LOW BLOOD SUGAR (BLOOD GLUCOSE)
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,
- Rice crackers,
- Sweetened dairy products.