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Do you get cravings for specific food colors?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 24, 2012 at 4:30 AM

Just noticed that I'm having a very red orange week. I am craving carrots, red peppers,hot peppers, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, red onions, red apples, and red meat. Yes... I'm eating some other foods.... but I'm also smoothering everything I eat in Romesco sauce, and I mean EVERYTHING. When I think about it, in the past, I craved primarily white foods like potatoes,bread, rice, etc... Since becoming Paleo, I've been very diversified in my eating habits up until now.

Has anyone else anyone else had these color cravings?

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on January 28, 2012
at 05:50 PM

Just thought to ask: do you have a resource for the organ meats/vitamin A tidbit? I'd love to check it out.

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:22 AM

Good idea about that link! That could fix a hole in my ideas above.

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Funny, I don't think the Dutch soccer team is in any major competition at the moment...

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on January 24, 2012
at 04:42 AM

Sounds like your body is telling you what it really wants without all the signal disruption from frankenfoods, antinutrients and excessive carbs (sugar). My hypothesis: you need more of the nutrients that are available from foods with those colors. As for it apparently spanning "food groups" (you mention red meat), that could be because you just also need nutrients available in other foods that just happen to be red/orange, and the most obvious grouping of all these foods is color so that association jumps out at you. Still a hypothesis, but all I could think of at the moment.

Oh--or you could be an alien.

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on January 24, 2012
at 04:45 AM

Yes! That tends to be the way I cook, too. I will think 'I need red' instead of 'I need a tomato'. I think of this when I am worrying about the fact that I know next to nothing about how much of which vitamins and minerals I need and what 'superfoods' I should be eating. I figure that if I am tuned into my body enough to crave or need certain colors in my cooking, I must be doing okay, and hopefully getting everything I need. Even if it is willy-nilly.

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on January 24, 2012
at 12:33 PM

Ditto what others have said: Yes! Some days I'll feel like I've got to add more green to everything; others it'll be reds and/or oranges.

And I learned recently that some organ meats are rich in the Vitamin A that's in the orange veggies; that could be another link between your plant food and red meat cravings.

737471a5bc1c8b81d968c3f3fcd13b71

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:22 AM

Good idea about that link! That could fix a hole in my ideas above.

737471a5bc1c8b81d968c3f3fcd13b71

(389)

on January 28, 2012
at 05:50 PM

Just thought to ask: do you have a resource for the organ meats/vitamin A tidbit? I'd love to check it out.

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on January 26, 2012
at 11:09 PM

For me food is not just about eating, but an all-around sensory experience (this does in some ways become a kind of spiritual/mindfulness practice, but I digress). So I look for a balance of colors, textures, smells, etc. This also, I have noticed, leads to me feeling more full.

It's also important, I think, that different colored foods (especially fruits and vegetables) contain different nutrient make-up. I'm a layman when it comes to nutrition, and I find that mixing colors makes for a more nutrient-balanced bowl. If you are craving certain things, listen to them. The body is surprisingly wise when not bogged down by 'frankenfoods'.

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on January 26, 2012
at 07:07 PM

I do find a plate or salad with varied bright colors very appetizing. I've found when I look at salad peppers my hand goes to the assortment package rather than one type. I also like to use red leaf lettuce and romaine with several colors of vegetables in a salad.

I think the color trigger is tied to vegetables and fruits only, though. In general I don't really care about the color of my meat and my only interest in color when selecting raw meat is "healthy" color although I think that's fake nowadays.

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on January 26, 2012
at 06:43 PM

Carotenoid food colorings that are derived from nature often have an orange hue. These include beta-carotene, paprika, and annatto. Some have antioxidants which can be healthy. Twitter @foodcolour

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