Craving Sugar? Your Body Is Probably Lacking This Nutrient

Like most people who think about food constantly, I take snacking very seriously. Growing up, I’d gravitate toward salty and crunchy—the crisp bite of a Lay’s (or Pringles) potato chip or whatever those disturbingly orange, peanut butter–filled biscuits were. Lately, however, I’ve noticed my salt tooth taking a decidedly sweeter turn, and it’s baffled me to no end. Suddenly I’m craving chocolate, doughnuts, candy, those green Haribo frog gummies that are inexplicably peach-flavored… The list goes on. Surely this must mean something about the inner workings of my body. This can’t be a good thing, right? According to research, sugar is said to be as addictive as some street drugs, with similar effects on the brain(!). Excess sugar consumption can also lead to cavities, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and a slew of other health problems. Knowing all of this, I was determined to stop—but each day, I’d get tempted by a new sweet delicacy and thus fall off the wagon (and into a pile of macarons). Why can’t I quit something that’s so clearly bad for my health, my brain, and my body? All around me, my fellow sugar worshippers bemoan the same question, all while stuffing more chewy morsels of Momofuku birthday cake into their mouths. I was determined to get to the root of the issue, and thus consulted two top nutritionists—Farah Fahad, MS, MA, RD, and Elissa Goodman, certified holistic nutritionist—to help me find out what my sugar cravings mean, and thus, hopefully, quell them.

Keep scrolling to find out what your sugar cravings are saying about your health.