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Are Healthy Cravings Possible?

From eNewsletter 2/13/2023

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Are Healthy Cravings Possible?

Steve: Of course it would be easy to crave the food pictured on the left. But is possible to crave foods like apples or even the bitter arugula or broccoli? It is, but it does take effort and conditioning.

A fascinating study the April issue of Appetite sheds light on how you can help your overall lifestyle by transferring cravings from sugary and fatty foods to healthier fare.

Craving empty calorie foods contributes to long-term unhealthy eating habits, leading to the development of myriad chronic health disorders. What makes things worse is that we are behind the eight ball because food manufacturers and marketers know that humans crave these unhealthy foods, so they put them front and center every hour of every day of our lives.

We are not conditioned to like bitter and sour foods, especially as kids. When we were hunters and gatherers, sugary and fatty foods provided the most bang for your buck calorie-wise, and we crave them still. Unfortunately, we do not hunt and gather any longer so when we don't burn these calories we house them as fat tissue leading to overweight and obesity.

So how do we transition to "craving" healthier fare?

We have to condition our taste buds to enjoy bitter and sour foods. Sometimes it can take years. Remember when you used to hate Brussels sprouts as a kid but now love them? As you continue to consume bitter and sour foods and reduce your sugary and fatty foods, you may find yourself craving arugula and broccoli!

The Appetite study also suggests that mental imagery can be used to induce craving for healthy foods and increase motivation to eat healthily. Unfortunately, this requires the instruction of a health professional, so it is not as accessible.

Bottom line? When you are optimally healthy, you'll be much more apt to crave foods that maintain your feeling of wellbeing.

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