A food craving is an intense desire for a specific food. This desire can seem uncontrollable, and the person’s hunger may not be satisfied until they get that particular food.
Some experts believe food cravings last only about 3-5 minutes.
Every person experiences cravings differently. Cravings are often for junk foods and processed foods high in sugar, salt, and fat.
Food cravings are a major roadblock for people trying to maintain a healthy weight or switch to a more healthful diet. Luckily, there are some simple steps to take to handle these cravings.
Whatever your appetite, sometimes it is so strong that it makes you leave the house in the middle of the night and go to the store to buy your food and then salivate. The appetite for a particular food is the body’s way of telling you that it lacks some substance in that food. And many times to really satisfy your appetite, you have to eat something other than you think you need.
Food cravings are caused by the regions of the brain that are responsible for memory, pleasure, and reward.
An imbalance of hormones, such as leptin and serotonin, can also cause food cravings. It is also possible that food cravings are due to endorphins that are released into the body after someone has eaten, which mirrors an addiction.
Emotions may also be involved in producing a food craving, especially if a person eats for comfort.
Pregnant women experience especially strong cravings, which may be due to hormonal changes that can disrupt their taste and smell receptors.
Craving can be selective or non-selective.
Selective cravings are cravings for specific foods, which may be a person’s favorite chocolate bar, a specific burger from their favorite restaurant, or a bag of potato chips.
Non-selective hunger is the desire to eat anything. It may be the result of real hunger and hunger pangs, but it can also be a sign of thirst. Drinking water may help with intense non-selective cravings.
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