i am recovering from a magnesium deficiency from this summer. my levels were .5 (1.5-2.5 range). my RBC magnesium test is still on the low end 4.6 (4.2-6.8 range). i am supplementing just fine though, my serum mag is always at the top of the range now either 2.0-2.2..
coincidence or not, i have never CRAVED chocolate in my life. i liked it but i never had chocolate cravings, nowi love dark dark chocolate and i've been making these little chocolate cups the size of reeses every day or every other day. they have cocoa, stevia, coconut oil, coconut milk.
should i listen to my body and keep consuming a lot of cocoa or is this bad?
is this really magnesium? why am i not craving other foods high in magnesium?
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Sounds yum! And that's may well be why you're craving the chocolate :)
Just keep in mind that cocoa is very high is phytic acid, so you may want to avoid eating it around other meals, as the phytic acid will have an effect on you absorbing some minerals.
Could it just be a novel treat? If so, it will settle down. The only way to test them is to go at least 3 days without and see if you crave them. It's in our natures to relish treats, but we only crave nutrients we need or addictive SAD foods.
I used to think I was a choca-holic but when I gave up sugary chocolate I didn't miss the chocolate at all--based on my indifferent reaction to unsweetened--but I certainly missed the sugar. This week, however, I bought a small package of very-dark-chocolate-covered-cherries at Trader Joe's. There are small amounts of sweeteners but they're at the end of the ingredients list.
Anyhow, the highlight of each day is to eat 4-5 of them and I don't forget to go get them out of the cupboard, if you know what I mean. :-))
On the other hand, it will be very painless not to buy more and I'll quickly forget about them when they're gone because they aren't sugary enough to be addictive.
When I get hungry for liver, or a particular vegetable, then I assume it's a deficiency.
You are not craving other foods high in magnesium very likely because, at cellular level, you are deficient in both: potassium and magnesium.
Potassium content in chocolate is higher than magnesium.
Potassium and magnesium depletions go hand in hand.
Replenish your body with potassium, taking a supplement if required.
N=1? No, it wasn't magnesium for me. I'd get horrible chocolate cravings and did the "oh yeah I want magnesium". Of course when I started popping magnesium supplements the cravings didn't go away. Not even when I'd hop in the bath and have an epsom soak.
Eating more veggies and yams did, however, get rid of the craving.