What do your food cravings mean?

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What do your food cravings mean? Your body might be trying to tell you something.

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Close up of large cast iron skillet with fried eggs in green, yellow, red and orange bell peppers
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Question 1 of 8 Score: 0

Why are you eating so much fried food?

If you're tossing back fries like a McDonald's employee who just quit, you need to get some more good quality fat in your diet. Throw some olive oil on a salad or whip up a bowl of guacamole.

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gluten-free black bean brownies
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Question 2 of 8 Score: 0

Are you a chocoholic? It could be because:

If your find yourself trying hard to resist jumping into chocolate fountains, you may be low on magnesium, chromium, B-vitamins and/or essential fatty acids.

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Salt spilling on table from salt cellar
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Question 3 of 8 Score: 0

Why do you keep shaking that salt shaker?

If your food is starting to taste like Israel's Dead Sea, you might be dealing with stress hormone fluctuations and low levels of electrolytes. Eat more nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables to up your B-vitamin count.

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Eating ice may be a sign of pica disorder.
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Question 4 of 8 Score: 0

Are you secretly gnawing on ice cubes or chalk?

People suffering from a "pica disorder" crave non-food items like ice, dirt and chalk. This is generally caused by an iron or mineral deficiency. Try dark green leafy vegetables instead.

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Pasta salad with broccoli
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Question 5 of 8 Score: 0

Are you a pastaholic? The reason for that is:

If you eat cereal for breakfast, biscuits for lunch, crackers for snacks and pasta for dinner, you might be hooked on white flour. This could lead to blood sugar fluctuations, chromium deficiency or fatigue. Try eating more fruits and vegetables to overcome the craving.

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The Parisian bakery Helmut Newcake offers a panoply of choices for your gluten-free sweet tooth.
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Question 6 of 8 Score: 0

Is your sweet tooth spreading to the rest of your mouth? It might be because:

If sugar's your new staple, you may be dehydrated or have blood sugar imbalances and mineral deficiencies. Try drinking water or eating fruit instead.

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Grapefruitade
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Question 7 of 8 Score: 0

Did you buy a drink just so you could eat the lemon wedge that comes with it?

If you're body is making you chow down on un-comfort foods like lemons and vinegar, you might be low on stomach acid, which your body needs to break down food.

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meatloaf
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Question 8 of 8 Score: 0

Are you spending way too much time in steakhouses?

Red meat craving might mean you're not getting enough iron, zinc or amino acids. Try cooking on a cast-iron skillet and making sure you're getting the protein you need.

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Food choices
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