Combat Your Food Cravings

Finish a meal and go straight for the cookie jar? Have to drink a soda with dinner? Arizona-based naturopath Colleen Huber says all food cravings are really your body trying to tell you it needs more of certain minerals. Here are clues to what your food cravings could be trying to tell you—and how to satisfy them the healthy way.

If you crave: What you really need is: Eat the healthy source instead:
Sweets Chromium Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, chicken
Carbon Fresh fruits
Phosphorus Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts
Sulfur Cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous veggies, kale, cabbage
Tryptophan Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Chocolate Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Salty foods Chloride Raw goat milk, fish, unrefined sea salt
Soda and carbonated drinks Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame