Cravings !!..What are they all about ?

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Offline neilep

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« on: 24/04/2007 14:40:52 »
Why are cravings so specific ?

Preggy girlies will crave  pickled onions and dirt !

Choccy seems to be a popular one.

What is a craving and why does it target specific tastes ?
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« Reply #1 on: 24/04/2007 19:24:48 »
I know what you mean, especially pregnant cravings as they are sometimes weird.

My wifeys favourite was pickled beetroot!

I wonder if it is anything to do with self medication, although its not a craving some animals will seek out a particular food to eat.

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« Reply #2 on: 24/04/2007 19:34:58 »
I remember seeing a program a few years ago about girlies (who may or may nor have been preggy at the time..I can't recall)....anyway..these girlies would seek out the mineral I think that was in this patch of dirt !!.....it might have coincided with their ' yukky bit time of month '..

Still..cravings are quite extraordinary in their selectivity aren't they ?
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« Reply #3 on: 24/04/2007 20:01:54 »
My doctor says cravings are from your bodies need to pick a food it knows to coorespond with the vitamin or mineral you ar lacking at that moment to keep your body in balance. That doesn't mean go nuts, but allow the craving satisfaction and time to adjust to the feeding.. the craving should go away if you have fulfilled the need your body requested.. LOL Now this is assuming My obgyn was not a quack! LOL

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« Reply #4 on: 24/04/2007 20:27:37 »
So how does the body know which foods contains the goodies it wants ?
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« Reply #5 on: 24/04/2007 20:31:36 »
Well.. I'm not sure about being pregnant, and crave for weird things.. I heard that someone craved brocollis with cream on it! Or something ridiculous like that..

But the addiction to chocolate, is probably because of the high level of sugar. Addiction for coffee - caffeine. All sweet foods, such as chocolate, sweets, cakes, etc, probably have some sort of addictive substances.
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« Reply #6 on: 25/04/2007 13:24:47 »
I personally rarely crave a specific food, but my cravings are usually broad spectrum for sweet, salty, fizzy...
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« Reply #7 on: 25/04/2007 14:31:08 »
I personally rarely crave a specific food, but my cravings are usually broad spectrum for sweet, salty, fizzy...

Alcohol ?....LOL !
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« Reply #8 on: 25/04/2007 15:51:06 »
ha ha ha... that was st patricks day, I was expected to get drunk!
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« Reply #9 on: 25/04/2007 16:51:45 »
But the addiction to chocolate, is probably because of the high level of sugar. Addiction for coffee - caffeine. All sweet foods, such as chocolate, sweets, cakes, etc, probably have some sort of addictive substances.

The "addiction" to chocolate is normally ascribed to theobromine, a molecule that is very similar to caffeine (see below).  Theobromine is a mild stimulant and is responsible for the mood-elevation abilities of chocolate.  Theobromine is mostly harmless to humans, but is toxic (sometimes fatally) to smaller animals that don't metabolize it quickly (like small dogs).

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« Reply #10 on: 25/04/2007 17:34:16 »
Well.. I'm not sure about being pregnant, and crave for weird things.. I heard that someone craved brocollis with cream on it! Or something ridiculous like that..

But the addiction to chocolate, is probably because of the high level of sugar. Addiction for coffee - caffeine. All sweet foods, such as chocolate, sweets, cakes, etc, probably have some sort of addictive substances.

That I was guilty of, It was broccoli smothered in margerine and served over Choclate Ice cream!!!!!! Yummmy! I still like it! LOL Sounds so gross! LOL, I am sure the margerine was salty and the icecream is salty, and the broccoli was the iron.. I went and had blood tests because of the cravings and this is what the doc said.. The blood test were write I was low in salts and my Iron was really bad!!! Had to go on suppliments and increase certain foods. LOL I never use salt per say, very little anyway a couple dishes yes, but never really salt anything on my plate.. After he fixed me up withth eiron I was good to go and the cravings stopped. LOL

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« Reply #11 on: 25/04/2007 17:36:10 »
Chocolate almost killed me little Boston terrier Years ago before he died!!

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