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What Your Food Cravings Are Really Trying to Tell You

What Your Food Cravings Are Really Trying to Tell You

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Food cravings can really pack a wallop. A desire for red meat may come on so strong that you veer off the highway in search of a burger joint. Or perhaps all you can think about is a homemade brownie. But it turns out these impulses are sometimes more than simple urges—they can also offer intel about what your body really needs."We live in a culture that vilifies cravings,” says Marci Evans, a registered dietician and eating disorder specialist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We think of them as forbidden desires that must be squashed. And that's unfortunate, because cravings aren't the enemy, Evans says. Rather, "[t]hey’re a communication from our body."Here, she explains how to interpret and heed those signals in a healthy, mindful way. And keep in mind, of cou
6 Really Good Things That Happen to Your Body When You Quit Sugar

6 Really Good Things That Happen to Your Body When You Quit Sugar

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Want lasting energy? Less belly fat? Younger-looking skin? Of course you do! Here's all the motivation you need to break up with the sweet stuff. Kicking a sugar habit is challenging—even for the most strong-willed among us. See, research has found that sugar tricks your brain into wanting more and more of it. But there's good news. A little sweetness is okay—emphasis on little. The American Heart Association recommends no more than six teaspoons of added sugar a day for women. Also okay: the sugar found in whole foods like fruits and veggies, says Kimber Stanhope, PhD, a nutritional biologist at the University of California, Davis. "These naturally occurring sugars come packaged with good-for-you vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients." But if you can di
6 Sneaky Ingredients That Are Really Just Added Sugar

6 Sneaky Ingredients That Are Really Just Added Sugar

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Brown rice syrup, we're onto you. Trying to cut back on added sugar? It may require a little more sleuthing than you think. That's because the sweet stuff is hiding in countless foods (from soup to tomato sauce!) under sly aliases like "brown rice syrup" and "evaporated cane juice." But with some basic knowledge of food label lingo, you can start picking out those sneaky ingredients—and slashing your daily intake. From now on, whenever you pick up a packaged product, turn it over and scan the label for any of the code words below. While some of the sweeteners are slightly better for you than others (hi, molasses), at the end of the day, they all count as added sugar.Coconut sugar and date sugarThese terms often pop up on the labels o