Many people struggle with sugar addiction. Science now links diets high in refined sugars with obesity and a slew of other health issues. For this reason, people who decide to either quit refined sugars, or cut back, end up frustrated by sugar’s addictive nature. When you quit sugar, you often experience withdrawal symptoms. Combine that with the fact that refined sugar is everywhere in our society and you can see the quandary many people face daily.
But what if a mineral deficiency were leading to peoples’ sugar conundrums? Susan Yanovski, MD, co-director in the Office of Obesity Research at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, says that magnesium deficiency may cause sugar cravings. She says the case for magnesium causing sugar cravings is bolstered when people crave chocolate. Chocolate, of course, is a magnesium-rich food.
“Because chocolate is high in magnesium, it’s been suggested that a deficiency may play a role in these cravings,” she says. “This is a research area that needs more investigation, but it does present an intriguing possibility in terms of what might be the underlying cause of these cravings.”
She also claims that nearly 80% of people are magnesium deficient. Research published in the journal Open Heart likened the situation to a health crisis, not just because of sugar addiction, but also a great many other health consequences linked to people not getting enough magnesium through diet or supplementation.
Nuts, fruits, seeds, cacao powder, seeds, are just a few foods high in magnesium. Of course, chocolate offers its own problems as it’s usually loaded with sugar; hence, why we’ve added cacao powder. Navitas Organics Cacao Powder is a good option for your smoothies. Beyond that, you might consider a magnesium supplement.
Author: Jim SatneyPrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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