Craving fatty foods

Answered on May 22, 2018
Created May 17, 2018 at 11:12 AM

I regularly find myself craving fatty foods, esp. mackerel, lamb, and cheese (Gouda, Gruyere, goat cheeses). I feel better after eating these. I had bloodwork and couldn't find anything wrong except for low TSH and ferritin. Any idea what might be going on?

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on May 22, 2018
at 09:50 PM

Low ferritin may mean you need more iron in your diet. You might want to get a full iron panel to be sure. If you are a premenopausal female, you lose iron every month with your period. There is some overlap between fatty foods and high iron foods.

Low TSH suggests that your thyroid is not optimal. Thyroid function is a huge topic. Read more about it to see whether the symptoms of hyperthyroidism fit your case. Some symptoms could apply to a lot of conditions so don't jump to conclusions too quickly. You may want to look at your selenium intake because that's important for thyroid health.



on May 19, 2018
at 10:30 AM

Fats, including saturated ones, are essential for health, and do not cause heart disease.  Eat them, and avoid bad fats such as "Vegetable" oils (soy, canola, safflower, sunflower, corn, flax).

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