Afternoon Coffee/Sugar Craving

What Causes Coffee Or Sugar Cravings?

Coffee or sugar cravings can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose coffee or sugar cravings, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "coffee or sugar cravings" as a symptom.  Here are six possibilities:
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Salt Need
  • Iron Need
  • Sulfur Need
  • Phosphorus Deficiency
  • Stress

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
severe vision disturbances
loss of appetite
constant fatigue
poor tolerance of sugars
frequent nightmares
high refined sugar consumption
severe leg/foot cramps
frequent postprandial somnolence
somewhat disturbed sleep
depression with some fatigue
being in an unstable relationship
difficulty falling asleep
... and more than 80 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of coffee or sugar cravings:
Cause Probability Status
Hypoglycemia 95% Confirm
Salt Need 58% Possible
Iron Need 22% Unlikely
Phosphorus Deficiency 5% Ruled out
Sulfur Need 4% Ruled out
Stress 2% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Food Preferences section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about afternoon coffee/sugar craving:
Do you have a strong desire for either coffee or sugar in the afternoon?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes, moderately
→ Yes, very much
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate afternoon coffee/sugar craving, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Iron Requirement

Craving coffee or tea can indicate a need for iron.

Phosphorus Deficiency

Cravings for sweets and cravings for coffee both indicate a possible phosphorus deficiency.

Salt Intake Requirement

Craving coffee or tea can indicate a need for salt.

Sulfur Requirement

Craving coffee or tea can indicate a need for sulfur.