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What nutrient am I missing?

Answered on August 28, 2017
Created May 08, 2012 at 5:03 PM

For the past two weeks, I have been craving dried fruit (in particular, apricots and peaches) like I've never craved something before! I am assuming I must be missing some kind of nutrient because this is not a normal craving for me. Any ideas as to what it might be?

Other info: I eat moderate carbs (in the form of fruits and veggies) and plenty of protein and fats. I CF 3x per week.

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on May 08, 2012
at 07:27 PM

eat the fruits.

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on May 08, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Thank you very much for your insightful answer. I am indeed not pregnant, and please don't feel awkward asking for more information, even if it is a little invasive. Maybe I should just worry less and eat what my body is telling me to eat. I apologize for any drama I apparently stirred up.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on May 08, 2012
at 06:21 PM

(So pregnant women craving ice cream and pickles must be deficient in sodium and fructose? Ray Peat would be proud!)

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on May 08, 2012
at 06:19 PM

Yeah, okay, I'm a jerk. Sorry srice. Thanks korion for enjoying my sick humor.

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on May 08, 2012
at 06:10 PM

You can't deny Dave has a point with *"I mean, what are the nutients in Fritos that I am clearly SO deficient in?"* hahahaha. On the other hand, Dave, it's not about deficiencies only, but also about needs, I think.

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on May 08, 2012
at 06:10 PM

I don't buy the logic of reading and taking the time to respond (with hostility, no less) to a post in which you find no value. When we're children and things don't go our way, we throw tantrums. But when we grow up, we "big boys" learn how to ignore (or at least tolerate) things that irritate us. This is the path I would want someone to suggest to me, were I to become irrationally exasperated by a posting here.

99aca1e07394135ea1e040582ce54b4d

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on May 08, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Unkind and unhelpful. Lots of newcomers to paleo have what appear sometimes on the surface to be silly questions, or don't provide enough information to get a sensible answer. Surely the way is to politely point out where they can improve rather than driving them away altogether with surly behaviour?

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on May 08, 2012
at 06:09 PM

I'm not sure this whether or not this is an exact duplicate. If it is, someone should vote to close, but if not, you don't have to answer. In any case, I plugged it into nutritiondata.com and came up with dried apricots/peaches being high in A, E, Niacin, Iron, Copper, Potassium, and Manganese. Also, as a general statement, I think women can relate more to hormonal cravings more so than men.

88a3d907cfbe4cb0a23fd5da36161f9b

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on May 08, 2012
at 05:51 PM

Okay, sorry to waste your time. Never mind. I'll figure it out on my own.

88a3d907cfbe4cb0a23fd5da36161f9b

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on May 08, 2012
at 05:40 PM

Hahaha. Not creepy, but thank you!

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on May 08, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Forgive the creepiness, but I checked your post history. You are a female; recently married. Congratulations.

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B1894b8ad39c0d4b46e084718f0c9ae5

on May 08, 2012
at 05:16 PM

I would guess that you may be needing a bit more potassium, Vit A, and/or Vit C. But this could have nothing to do with a missing nutrient. Perhaps it's a sweet craving, dried summer fruits are VERY sweet. . . especially for those of us eating a natural diet! Maybe it's a need for more carbs. . . maybe your body just likes fruit right now! I know I crave sweet coffee and when I have it, I crave it more!

Good luck! I'd love to hear if you figure it out!

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on August 28, 2017
at 05:36 AM

Hunger and craving both are quite similar but hunger is controlled by stomach whereas craving is controlled by brain. Craving is the body's way to tell you what are you lacking and it can be of any type. In your case if you are craving for dried food then this may be case of lack of appetite. You might have deficiency of potassium. To avoid cravingfor anything you must do few things:

Drink plenty of water, avoid triggered food, plan your meal, take proper sleep, maintain your hunger. In case of low level of potassium you need to take Sweet Potato, Grapefruit, Raw Milk, Broccoli, White and Lima Beans, Salmon, Bananas and Sardines. You must keep your eyes on what are you eating an dits benefit.

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on August 22, 2017
at 10:39 AM

Take healthy diet along with fruits and green vegetables.

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on August 20, 2017
at 02:21 AM

It's true I also have fruit cravings especially after I drink! 

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A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Unlike one responder, I do buy the notion that cravings can be induced by nutrient depletion, so I like your question.

When I look at the nutrition information for peaches and apricots, I don't see very much, which doesn't surprise me, as most fruits aren't as nutritious as vegetables. Yes, they have Vitamin A and C (just like practically every vegetable/fruit). They have only very modest amounts of potassium, and small amounts of various minerals and other vitamins.

I compared 100 calorie portions each of peaches, apricots, dried peaches, and dried apricots. Unsurprisingly, there wasn't much difference between 100 calories of dried vs. fresh, though fresh was slightly better.

However, the fact that you're craving dried ones is suggestive, because it's much easier to eat very large amounts in a small volume of food. And when you start getting into larger portions of these fruits, you start seeing significant values for things like iron, copper, manganese, phosphorus, etc. 100 grams each (this would be ~7 oz, total) of dried apricots and dried peaches yields 79% RDA for copper, and 84% of iron, as well as numerous B's, A, and both E and K, which aren't always easy to get.

I would never ask, but I might wonder if, 4-5 months after starting paleo and eliminating all those fortified processed products, a (possibly) young (and possibly menstruating, or maybe pregnant) woman's body might require repletion of nutrients that could induce cravings like this. It makes perfect sense to me. However, I'm surprised the craving doesn't include other foods more dense in these nutrients, like kale.

Perhaps this is where our evolutionary preference for sweet foods, as well as the sheer economy of consuming it, urges us to choose the dried fruit. You'd need 4-5 cups of kale to get that much copper and iron, and that would come at a cost of much energy chewing and digesting. A handful of dried fruit is not only tasty and sweet, but large quantities are easily consumed quickly, and digested quickly as well.

88a3d907cfbe4cb0a23fd5da36161f9b

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on May 08, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Thank you very much for your insightful answer. I am indeed not pregnant, and please don't feel awkward asking for more information, even if it is a little invasive. Maybe I should just worry less and eat what my body is telling me to eat. I apologize for any drama I apparently stirred up.

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on May 08, 2012
at 05:57 PM

I recently had Nutrient Response Testing done and was found to be deficient in several areas. I'm now taking a few special supplements to replenish my body. If you have a good Naturopath or Chiropractor near you, I would suggest this. It's very enlightening.

I too have weird cravings sometimes, who knows why it is! Hope you get some answers.

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on May 08, 2012
at 05:44 PM

a) How could we possibly know the answer to such a vague question?

b) Why would you try to figure that out on an internet forum, instead of say, plugging your food into FitDay (or something similar) or getting labs done.

and

3) I really don't buy into the logic of "I'm craving x, so I must be deficient in y." I mean, what are the nutients in Fritos that I am clearly SO deficient in?

-- Deep Breath --

Okay, sorry for jumping all up in your grill, but these questions are asked CONTINOUSLY on PH and I would like to put a stop to it. Or at least have someone PROVE ME WRONG. Go ahead, prove me wrong. I can take it like a big boy.

88a3d907cfbe4cb0a23fd5da36161f9b

(614)

on May 08, 2012
at 05:51 PM

Okay, sorry to waste your time. Never mind. I'll figure it out on my own.

Cfc7dee889a66db9cd76c4f348109294

(1652)

on May 08, 2012
at 06:09 PM

I'm not sure this whether or not this is an exact duplicate. If it is, someone should vote to close, but if not, you don't have to answer. In any case, I plugged it into nutritiondata.com and came up with dried apricots/peaches being high in A, E, Niacin, Iron, Copper, Potassium, and Manganese. Also, as a general statement, I think women can relate more to hormonal cravings more so than men.

99aca1e07394135ea1e040582ce54b4d

(334)

on May 08, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Unkind and unhelpful. Lots of newcomers to paleo have what appear sometimes on the surface to be silly questions, or don't provide enough information to get a sensible answer. Surely the way is to politely point out where they can improve rather than driving them away altogether with surly behaviour?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on May 08, 2012
at 06:21 PM

(So pregnant women craving ice cream and pickles must be deficient in sodium and fructose? Ray Peat would be proud!)

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on May 08, 2012
at 06:10 PM

I don't buy the logic of reading and taking the time to respond (with hostility, no less) to a post in which you find no value. When we're children and things don't go our way, we throw tantrums. But when we grow up, we "big boys" learn how to ignore (or at least tolerate) things that irritate us. This is the path I would want someone to suggest to me, were I to become irrationally exasperated by a posting here.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on May 08, 2012
at 06:19 PM

Yeah, okay, I'm a jerk. Sorry srice. Thanks korion for enjoying my sick humor.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on May 08, 2012
at 06:10 PM

You can't deny Dave has a point with *"I mean, what are the nutients in Fritos that I am clearly SO deficient in?"* hahahaha. On the other hand, Dave, it's not about deficiencies only, but also about needs, I think.

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