What can we do about craving for salty foods?

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Many of us feel a frequent craving for sweets, while others crave salty foods, pizzas, cheeses, snacks. Less attention is paid to the latter, although the harmful effects of salty foods are also significant. While this urge to influence family eating preferences e.g. you can express a need for a sense of security, it is worthwhile to find out about additional (psychic) ​​causes and recommended ways to alleviate the desire.

Sadly or annoying, crunching chips in a hurry, or eating a delicious pizza once in a while after a tiring day of work, doesn’t hurt anyone. But too often, in the long run the body for help out… To resist the too frequent craving for salty foods, we must first understand the reasons for it and then it is advisable to take helpful advice.

What can cause an excessive craving for salty foods / snacks?

There are several explanations, here are some of them:

  • The attraction to salty products may be partly related to (former) eating behaviors. E.g. the flavors;
  • In addition, some studies have shown that there are genes that stimulate cravings for sweetness, and in their absence we are attracted to salty flavors;
  • Finally, the craving for salty foods is psychologically related to the need to regain the need for comfort, strength, and confidence.

Why can our body want salty products and food too often?

Savory crisps, biscuits, as well as cravings for sweets or fatty foods provide a sense of well-being caused by the release of dopamine in the brain. Another explanation may be sodium deficiency: craving for salt may be related to a lack of electrolytes (especially sodium) in the body.

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What effect do salty foods have on the body?

As long as we regularly draw attention to the negative effects of sugar on our bodies, we must also be aware of the possible long-term harmful effects of the desire to salt and salty foods on our health: Unfortunately, salty products are often filled not only with salt but also with fat: in addition to weight gain, they can cause problems such as:

  • Water retention: salt is trapped in the tissues, thus promoting the accumulation of water and preventing its excretion;
  • Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol): salty foods and saturated fats increase the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood;
  • Arterial hypertension: excessive sodium increases total blood volume and blood pressure;
  • High levels of triglycerides in the blood: high levels of neutral fats in the body increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Salt is also an appetite suppressant that leads to excessive food intake and obesity. But what can we do to get out of this vicious circle?

5 tips to resist the craving for a salty taste:

– Consumption of sufficient meat, fish or eggs per meal (in moderation)

These foods, combined with starchy foods and vegetables, satisfy the craving for a salty taste. They are rich in animal proteins that provide a feeling of satiety. Eat them with each meal in a quantity adapted to the time of day (small portions for breakfast and dinner, normal portion for lunch).

– Eating at the right time, on demand

If you really crave for a salty meal, bring your evening meal ahead, even if it’s only 5-6 in the afternoon, and include the coveted food on the menu. In this way we suppress the desire to eat while avoiding e.g. a sense of guilt over snacking. Plus, we don’t want to eat with the family at dinner either…

– Find a reason for satisfaction

The craving for salt comes more easily in moments of doubt or low self-esteem. In this case, to divert our attention from this urge, look for a way to express our creativity, all that we feel talented for, or simply make sure we are able to move on. Recommended for this e.g. painting, writing, gardening, DIY, language learning…

– Let’s play sports

Sporting activity gives you momentum, energy, and boosts your confidence, which reduces a variety of cravings. It also increases the secretion of well-being hormones. Jogging, swimming, running… No matter which sport we choose, the point is not to cut into sports.

“What should we eat in the evening if we still feel the salty taste?”

If you still feel hungry after dinner (this is often a sign that your meal was not of satisfactory quality or quantity), it is worth preparing certain foods that you can take out soon at such times. It is recommended that they include e.g. natural yoghurt or cottage cheese with a little honey and dried fruit; .oiled seeds with pieces of apple or banana, a little home-made peanut butter, a small slice of thin cheese. with wholemeal bread…

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