Our expert says:
It is possible that you get hungry and develop cravings for foods like chocolate because you are not eating carbohydrates with a low glycaemic index (GI). Carbohydrates like low-GI bread (buy at most supermarkets), high-fibre breakfast cereals, brown rice, pasta made with Durum wheat, corn on the cob, etc, are vital sources of slow-release energy which the human body needs. Click on 'Diet & Nutrition' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Other factors that can cause cravings are low serotonin levels in the brain. Carbohydrates and chocolates increase the serotonin levels. However, an increased desire to eat sweet foods could also indicate insulin problems, so if eating a low-GI diet does not stop the cravings, then ask your gp to do a thorough medical examination, just to be sure.
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