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What do you think of this craving conversion chart?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 15, 2011 at 10:52 PM

I keep seeing this craving conversion chart pop up all over the internet. On the one hand, I like that it pushes satisfying all cravings with whole foods, predominantly vegetables, nuts, and meat. But, on the other hand, as someone who eats plenty of fish and meat, and yet still craves toast sometimes despite being grain-free, I question that I'm really nitrogen deficient. But, I could be wrong. The chart doesn't promise to vanquish cravings per se, but I have noticed in my own life noticed that eating chicken puts the cabosh on a day's carb cravings. Has anyone else experienced this?

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 28, 2011
at 09:34 PM

Or just breathe into a bag until you pass out and die, after all there's carbon in the CO2. LOL

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 28, 2011
at 09:33 PM

LOL, here chew on this lump of coal, provides 10000% of the daily RDA for carbon.

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on December 28, 2011
at 07:58 PM

ha! that chart looks amazingly ineffective...maybe the idea is correct (in fact, i could def see it might be), but when i think about craving something sweet and then trying to munch on some broccoli, i wanna cry...lol

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on December 28, 2011
at 07:46 PM

If you crave chocolate, what you really need is... chocolate!

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on November 16, 2011
at 04:09 PM

Thinking, though always painful for me :-)), is a good thing.

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:47 PM

Nance, I'm beginning to think that I'm a borderline binger. I'm trying to take a step back now and figure out if I really ever "crave" anything, or just WANT it. When there are nuts in my cabinet (there aren't now, and I've purposely not bought any more), I just want to eat them, and don't even think that's driven by an actual craving.

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on November 16, 2011
at 05:49 AM

When I get a craving for carbs, I supplement with Woodpecker or Magner's Hard Cider.

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on November 16, 2011
at 03:24 AM

wow thats alot of cravings lol, if you have many of these chances are you are nutritionally deficient. I dont have many except the occasional craving for carbohydrates. After switching from VLC (Quilt) to 20% carbs (Jaminet's Perfect Health Diet), I am eating more fruits/berries and esp tubers. My cravings are subsiding to the point where I don't even want diet coke, something I've been hooked to for 15yrs, even since i started Paleo

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:59 AM

Whenever I'm feeling a carbon deficiency coming on I just chew on parts of my own body. Very effective.

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:38 AM

i laughed too...i eat spinach every day and liver 3-4 times a week...it must be that damned silicon i'm mssing ;)

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on November 15, 2011
at 10:59 PM

It all goes to hell after the first one. I mean...carbon deficiency? Come on.

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on November 16, 2011
at 03:53 AM

Unless there are some actual studies to support this chart, I wouldn't change your habits due to it. Some of these assertions are pretty ridiculous.

  • If you crave burned foods, you want carbon so eat fresh fruits? What? Carbon is a part of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Fats are literally long hydrocarbon strands.
  • Preference for solids rather than liquids means you need more water because you've "lost your thirst." So if I want food rather than water I should actually just drink more water? Sounds like a rapid route to hyponatremia. That certainly doesn't sound evolutionarily advantageous. Also, there's no proof that we need 8 to 10 glasses of water a day to be healthy. The uselessness and ambiguity in such a statement is apparent in that they do not define what quantity of water constitutes one glass.

If there's an actual study to prove these things, then sure, but I don't buy this. The only references are two alternative medicine books, an entire field which has not been proven effective in controlled studies.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 28, 2011
at 09:34 PM

Or just breathe into a bag until you pass out and die, after all there's carbon in the CO2. LOL

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on November 15, 2011
at 11:51 PM

when in doubt, eat nuts.... thats pretty much the summary of the chart

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on November 16, 2011
at 12:53 AM

Doesn't really apply to me...I crave chocolate and I eat a pretty steady volume of TJ's Raw Almond butter so for me nuts don't suppress my Green & Black's 85% cocoa dark chocolate craving. =(

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 16, 2011
at 12:37 AM

I'll give this the full benefit of the doubt and say, if you are actually deficient in an important nutrient this chart could possibly help.

What percentage of binge eaters fall into that category? I know I don't and I couldn't help laughing when I saw what they recommended I eat if I have cravings. Trust me, I tried any and all kinds of those whole foods and all it did was add frustration/annoyance to the original cravings.

For many people, I believe, binge eating is at least partially based on emotions and deranged metabolic systems rather than nutrient deficiencies.

Therefore, the foods they've prescribed would be about as effective for a typical binge eater as wheat/barley bread would be for an alcoholic who's craving beer.

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:38 AM

i laughed too...i eat spinach every day and liver 3-4 times a week...it must be that damned silicon i'm mssing ;)

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 16, 2011
at 04:09 PM

Thinking, though always painful for me :-)), is a good thing.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:47 PM

Nance, I'm beginning to think that I'm a borderline binger. I'm trying to take a step back now and figure out if I really ever "crave" anything, or just WANT it. When there are nuts in my cabinet (there aren't now, and I've purposely not bought any more), I just want to eat them, and don't even think that's driven by an actual craving.

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on November 16, 2011
at 12:26 AM

Charts like this is why most people think whole foods eaters are crazy. I think the chart creator should get a new hobby.

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on November 15, 2011
at 11:36 PM

I think you could probably combine a bunch of those groups since many people crave more than one of those categories. Due to the SAD high in sugar and unhealthy fats, I'd say many Americans have cravings because they've become leptin and insulin resistant. This leads to a bunch of problems, including an underactive reward pathway in the brain and dopamine deficiency. Just like drug addicts, they need more of the sweet taste from sugary foods to get the same feeling of reward because our receptors have become less sensitive. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies have a part to play as well so they're not completely wrong, they just have to look at the bigger picture.

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:24 AM

There is SOME truth to these charts. I have seen it many times when I crave dairy that I literally need the calcium (my teeth start hurting, or after coming back from the dentist and my teeth had been under stress). The ONLY craving that I don't trust is sugar. Because in that case is plain addiction, not need for some vitamin or mineral.

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on November 15, 2011
at 11:48 PM

I'm sure there is some truth to the info in the chart, but cravings can happen for any number of reasons besides just nutritional deficiencies. I'd say it gives you a good place to start, but it isn't necessarily going to work for everyone in all situations.

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on November 15, 2011
at 11:27 PM

It seems a little wacky but I DID notice that I have stopped craving acidic foods and drinks lately and they correlated that with magnesium deficiency, and I started taking natural calm and eating bone in sardines and shellfish in the past month or two. That's the only thing that stands out to me, but it might just be a coincidence.

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on November 15, 2011
at 11:16 PM

It certainly doesn't hold true for me. I have a major sweet tooth and I get plenty of everything they recommend for it.

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on December 29, 2011
at 01:55 AM

I also think there is some truth to it, but I don't know how it was made or what science could be behind it. I used to crave insane amounts of chocolate, it was the best thing I knew. But since I started taking magnesium supplements, I don't crave it anymore. I also have bread cravings which go away when I've eaten a good meal, but come back as soon as I get hungry, so that doesn't make any sense with deficiency!

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on December 28, 2011
at 07:54 PM

Hmmmmm, it fails to mention oxygen deficiency.

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on December 28, 2011
at 07:44 PM

gotta be somethin in it.

since i stopped eating refined carbs i've lost my craving to smoke. and when i do smoke the cigarette no longer gives me that 'high' or quick rush it used to. strange. so i hardly bother smoking now.

i also started eating mixed nuts to make up for the loss of easy carbs. theres gotta be something in this and i'm so happy.

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:41 PM

Some of these make sense, only because I've heard them so many times they're CW...but that is definitely no reason to take this chart as truth.

For instance, my cravings for soda had nothing to do with any nutrients. I just like bubbly, carbonated drinks. Started drinking carbonated water and now I'm not tempted at all by the cans of diet coke sitting in my fridge.

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