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Craving almonds - mineral deficiency?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 17, 2012 at 8:03 PM

I've been paleo for several months now, but for the past few weeks I've been craving almonds and other nuts, but especially almonds. Does this indicate a possible deficiency in some nutrient?

I have yet to run my diet through FitDay and see if I'm lacking in anything, but I tend to eat a varied diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. I also take a multivitamin, fish oil, and a probiotic. I use Natural Calm plus Calcium occasionally as well.

Also, I've found that almond butter doesn't satisfy the craving - only the actual nuts themselves.

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on August 19, 2012
at 03:55 PM

I tend to agree with this. I used to have strong chocolate cravings. Started supplementing a lot of magnesium and eating more liver (copper), and lo and behold..I still have strong chocolate cravings. Probably 'cause it's delicious.

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on June 24, 2012
at 09:05 AM

Er, April and Kasra, pun intended?

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on June 24, 2012
at 06:58 AM

Most cravings can go away with liver anyways.

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on May 27, 2012
at 02:17 AM

^ Or don't, because nuts suck.

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on May 02, 2012
at 03:03 AM

Just eat the nuts.

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on April 18, 2012
at 12:15 AM

Yes! This craving isn't like a normal hankering for something, it's like almonds are extra satisfying - wonder what it is my body is trying to tell me?

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on April 17, 2012
at 11:27 PM

Energy is fairly steady. However, am I usually not hungry for quite awhile after I workout and I get hungrier on rest days, which is kinda quirky. I usually do some easy bodyweight training 2 days a week: pushups, squats, body rows, planks, etc. I also rock climb 1-2 times per week. Lately I have just started training for the pack test which involves a 3mile hike with a 45 pound pack in under 45 minutes - once again I'm not usually hungry after this but I make myself eat some protein and carbs after. I will try adding in more fat in general and see if the cravings go away.

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on August 19, 2012
at 09:03 AM

This question occasionally comes up in the context of dark chocolate. As in that case, I suspect that the cravings aren't due to nutrient deficiency. I'd be interested to be corrected, but thus far I've not seen any hard data about specific cravings being caused by nutrient deficiency. Whatever nutrient could in theory make you crave chocolate or nuts should by the same token make you crave lots of other foods, which nevertheless, people seem never to crave. The simplest explanation is probably just that chocolate and nuts are very tasty foods that people are apt to crave irregardless of any micronutrients. Indeed, we just had a thread about gorging on nuts just now: http://paleohacks.com/questions/143205/so-what-is-the-deal-with-nut-binges (actually there are quite a few such threads).

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on August 19, 2012
at 03:55 PM

I tend to agree with this. I used to have strong chocolate cravings. Started supplementing a lot of magnesium and eating more liver (copper), and lo and behold..I still have strong chocolate cravings. Probably 'cause it's delicious.

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on April 18, 2012
at 12:13 AM

They are quite high in Folate, Choline and Vit-E. Of course the question is "What else are you eating"? Because they are a good source of other stuff too...

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on January 12, 2013
at 05:37 PM

Hi,

I have also been eating a lot of nuts, Since Nov-2012 I have been buying the bags nut in the shell. and have been eating them up until present. It might be a nutrition deficiency issue, I am just not sure.

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on May 27, 2012
at 03:03 AM

Or, maybe you are just nuts about nuts like me! I crave nuts when I want something crunchy and snacky. Do you crave nuts even after eating a satisfying meal with a decent amount of protein and fat?

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on May 27, 2012
at 02:09 AM

Me too! I'm munching on a whole can now,these are smoked! They are Heavenly! Then I'm heading for a snickers.

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on May 15, 2012
at 06:07 PM

I crave almonds at least once a week -- just had a huge bowl full today. Maybe I do have a deficiency? And yes I do feel GREAT!

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on May 08, 2012
at 01:56 AM

Me too! Only it's the nut butter! I've eaten a full 9 serving jar of almond butter, which shocked me. I felt guilty about the calories, but I felt great after! I don't know what's up, my body has had weird cravings ever since I stopped hormonal birth control so I think I'm dealing with some mineral and hormonal unbalances. I'm trying to listen to my body, but obviously I can't keep eating full jars of nut butters...

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on May 02, 2012
at 02:58 AM

Yep, after a year I still get powerful cravings for almonds and dark chocolate. I also get cravings for peanuts, which I try to avoid because they are more legume-like. I agree that this is probably based on some kind of mineral / nutritional need.

I prefer not to take supplements unless there is a specific need and only for a short time, so I figure I'll just eat the nuts when my body asks for them, and try to make sure they are healthy (organic, no pesticides), and try to find them with the best nutrients.

I did experiment with a magnesium / manganese supplement a while back, and taking some gave me a couple of the best nights of sleep in years, but then a couple of weeks of disastrous sleep. I might have something going on there but I'd rather try to address it through diet.

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on April 18, 2012
at 12:06 AM

Me too. I find almonds seem to be answering some really deep hunger in me. I haven't tested pricier nuts for comparison. I suspect that I am craving fat and not getting enough meat. I'll keep an eye out for other answers here

E4faef53346e45f644ef905ab99ccb28

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on April 18, 2012
at 12:15 AM

Yes! This craving isn't like a normal hankering for something, it's like almonds are extra satisfying - wonder what it is my body is trying to tell me?

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on April 17, 2012
at 11:06 PM

Might just be you want to eat more fat, whats the energy situation? Do you train? if so how?

E4faef53346e45f644ef905ab99ccb28

(83)

on April 17, 2012
at 11:27 PM

Energy is fairly steady. However, am I usually not hungry for quite awhile after I workout and I get hungrier on rest days, which is kinda quirky. I usually do some easy bodyweight training 2 days a week: pushups, squats, body rows, planks, etc. I also rock climb 1-2 times per week. Lately I have just started training for the pack test which involves a 3mile hike with a 45 pound pack in under 45 minutes - once again I'm not usually hungry after this but I make myself eat some protein and carbs after. I will try adding in more fat in general and see if the cravings go away.

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