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Food Cravings Research: What Creates Cravings by Linda D. Kyle MA. Author

Food Cravings Research: What Creates Cravings by Linda D. Kyle MA. Author
Identifiable health concerns can be corrected with high quality supplements and the belief has arisen that cravings, too, share this aetiology. In Earl Mindell’s Vitamin Bible for the 21st Century, Mr Mindell suggests that a number of cravings are driven by nutrient deficiencies, but Marcia Pelchat of Monell Chemical Senses Centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, says “Food cravings do not reflect the wisdom of the body”.

No-one disputes the fact that the symptoms of vitamin A deficiency begin with night blindness and the reduced ability of the eyes to adjust to darkness, followed by symptoms of loss of appetite, fatigue and unhealthy skin. Similarly, it is well established that a vitamin B2 deficiency reveals itself vividly by inflaming the tongue, turning the colour purplish-red or making it shiny and creating cracks at the corners of the mouth.

Research findings. There is little scientific evidence for the common hypothesis that food cravings, which occur in 97 per cent of women and 68 per cent of men, are related to nutritional deficiencies. Yet the sample examples are only two of the numerous verifiable links between vitamin deficiencies and symptoms of a health problem.

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