Saturday, February 23, 2008

Weird Food Cravings

Do you ever have weird food cravings and think that it's because you're missing something in your diet? Apparently, that's not the case: recently posted some of the weird food cravings their readers have. Apparently craving peanut butter burgers or banana bacon sandwiches doesn't mean you're missing something from your diet. "Scientists haven't been able to link cravings in humans to specific nutritional deficiencies, says Joy Bauer, TODAY's nutrition expert and author of Food Cures: Treat Common Health Concerns, Look Younger & Live Longer.

When I was pregnant, I ate the Korean dish Bibimbap everyday which is a dish of rice, vegetables and in my case, seaweed, which I loved. I thought I craved the dish because I needed postassium or some other mineral but maybe I was just weird.


Blogger Joan of Argghh! said...

When I fast long enough to get quiet, get past hunger, and into a real need for food, my body knows exactly what it wants, and I listen to it.

It wants chocolate.

Every time.

11:16 AM, February 23, 2008  
Blogger Danny said...

Helen- I love Bi Bim Bpo too!!! There are a few Korean restaurants and Korean grocery stores in Ann Arbor. So, when I dont want to pay $9.00 for a bowl of BBB, I buy the ingredients and make a huge bowlful if it at home.I use tofu instead of beef, though.
It is one of the best dishes out there, wouldnt you agree?

12:15 PM, February 23, 2008  
Blogger Helen said...


Yes, I would agree, I think it's amazing, especially Dolsot Bibimbap.

Joan of argghh!

Unfortunately, I am allergic to chocolate which really sucks because it's really good.

12:26 PM, February 23, 2008  
Blogger Marbel said...

That is interesting. During one of my pregnancies, I craved watermelon - out of season, natch. I just assumed I needed more iron. 9 years later I remember how good that cold watermelon tasted; it has never tasted better since.

Bibimbap sounds really good.

12:54 PM, February 23, 2008  
Blogger RebeccaH said...

When I was younger, I always got chocolate cravings right around the time of my period. Now, ten years after having had a radical hysterectomy (and at an age when I probably would have gone through the change anyway), I still get chocolate cravings once a month. Hormones? A brain thing? I have no idea.

1:13 PM, February 23, 2008  
Blogger GawainsGhost said...

Well, I've always said eat what you're hungry for. Eat what you want, when you want, how much you want, and to hell with what anyone else thinks about it.

But then I'm one of those guys who doesn't gain weight. I might have gained maybe 20 lbs since I was in high school, and that would be over the last 30 years. I've only gone up one waist and one neck size since then.

I'm slim and trim, and I eat whatever I want, whenever I want, however much I want. But I do not eat when I'm not hungry for. Maybe that explains it. Or it could just be genetics, I don't know.

3:45 PM, February 23, 2008  
Blogger Michele said...

Who decides what's weird anyway? We've just come to accept peanut butter and jelly as being "normal food". I'm sure there are a few regular people in Togo who wouldn't think I was strange at all for craving fried rat with ketchup. ( I don't crave fried rat with ketchup BTW.) I do put jelly on my egg sandwiches though.

4:49 PM, February 23, 2008  
Blogger mbet said...

GawainsGhost: I also pretty much eat what I want. That having been said, I also eat veeerrrry sloooowwwwwly, so I typically don't end up stuffing myself horribly full on things. I also try to eat *good* versions of things. I've found that I get satiated much more quickly on very good chocolate than I do on run-of-the-mill stuff. And I do ask myself if I *really* want something super-fattening, or if I just think I do because I'm bored.

And no, I don't always, or even very often, crave chocolate. Sometimes I do. Sometimes I'm desperate for oranges. Or spinach (mmmmm, spinach). Or bacon (mmmmm, bacon). I have found, though, that when I start seriously craving red meat, taking some iron tablets pretty much gets rid of the craving, so I do think there's some biological basis to the phenomenon...but, more importantly, I'm just somewhat picky and particular when it comes to my diet.

As for craving weird things...what qualifies as "weird"? Okay, fugu probably does, but, while ika and ikura sushi may seem weird to people used to sandwiches, the Japanese would find my tastes perfectly normal. I guess by "weird" they mean a constant craving for the same thing that isn't a common food weakness (chocolate, french fries, etc.).

5:37 PM, February 23, 2008  
Blogger TMink said...

Brain research being what it is, they should just say that they do not know about food cravings yet.

The neurology of aroma therapy was just recently udnerstood, before that it was hogwash according to the same researchers!

No link found yet does not mean no link exists.


6:30 PM, February 23, 2008  
Blogger GawainsGhost said...

Well, I eat pretty slowly myself. But then I'm a creature of habit. I always eat the protein first, the carbohydrates second, and the vitamins and minerals third.

It goes back to when I was a small child. My mother would always take me over to her mother's house so she could watch her soap opera--the Secret Storm, that was her show--while me grandmother looked after me.

Now, my grandmother could cook. She was an old German lady, and that was all she did, cook. So she would set me up on the counter and proceed to cook. I grew up to the smells of well-cooked foods.

My grandmother never used measuring spoons or cups. It was always a pinch of this, a palm of that, and just enough of liquid. That's how I learned to cook.

When I was eight, I came home from school one day and found the entire house empty. I was hungry, so I opened the refrigerator, found some food and proceeded to make a plate. My grandmother always told me that a plate is a protein (beef, pork, chicken, fish), a carbohydrate (potatoes, rice, beans), and vitamins and minerals (one green and one yellow vegetable). So that's what I made.

My mother came home, asked what I was eating, took one bite and never cooked again. I made breakfast and dinner for my entire family for many years, until I went away to college.

7:47 PM, February 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weird? Naa. Maybe bibimbap with sea weed is just a comfort food to you. Much like Breyers vanilla bean speck ice cream drowning in Hersheys syrup is for me.

As a matter of fact, I hear something in the freezer calling my name........

8:24 PM, February 23, 2008  
Blogger Francis W. Porretto said...

Weird food cravings? I have them all the time, since I started this furshluginer low-carb diet. Or maybe they're not so weird. They're The sort that smells, tastes, and feels good. The sort that makes you feel nourished and relaxed. The sort the regular folks are eating all around me, the fiends.

Sigh. Diabetes is a hard master.

6:08 AM, February 24, 2008  
Blogger Mercurior said...

every few months, i crave salt, well since the government in the uk has reduced the salt allowed in foods, i get more cramps, as soon as i lick a little salt or eat some salty food, it goes away.

there is in part a need for the body needs. at least i beleive there is.

2:28 PM, February 24, 2008  
Blogger Danny said...

I have craved many types of food, but,I jsut cant stand any kind of ice-cream or frozen-yogurt.

4:43 PM, February 24, 2008  
Blogger bneville said...

About 10 years ago I developed an addiction to V-8 vegetable juice, potato chips and chicken wings. I lost my appetite for anything else. This went on for weeks. Long story short, I was diagonsed with Addisons Desease, and the salt craving was due to losses of sodium in my system. My system was craving salt, and seeking out familiar (and favorite) high sodium foods.

8:34 AM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger Serket said...

marion: I also eat veeerrrry sloooowwwwwly, so I typically don't end up stuffing myself horribly full on things.

I also think I've lucked out on the genes thing, but maybe I just don't eat really big portions. My grandpa says eating slowly allows you to fit more in.

2:06 PM, February 27, 2008  
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