Do you find yourself craving a sweet treat after every meal, or at specific times of the day? Sugar cravings are extremely common and usually be explained by simple factors. However, some sugar cravings are a result of an underlying nutrient deficiency.
Let’s start with what is happening in your brain
• There are several areas within your brain that play a significant role in crave sensations. Hippocampus: responsible for short-term and long-term memories and crucial role in reward-seeking behaviour (eg. I had a tough day at work I deserve a doughnut)
• Caudate nucleus also influences reward-seeking behaviour, forming new habits and are a conditioned response. (eg. snacking when you arrive home from work, without even noticing no matter what time you finish)
Moving on to diet
There are also a range of foods in your diet that may be triggering you craving for sugary foods. These include the following.
• Low protein intake
• Consuming simple carbohydrates
• Artificial sweeteners
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