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
  • Stress
  • Salt Need
  • Phosphorus Deficiency
  • Iron Need
  • Sulfur Need

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:
short-term memory failure
adverse reaction to delayed meals
physical abuse during childhood
recurring depression
afternoon headaches
difficulty losing weight
indoor allergies
history of CFS diagnosis
heart racing/palpitations
brittle fingernails
oily hair
carbohydrate craving during cycle
... and more than 70 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
Salt Need 96% Confirm
Stress 60% Possible
Phosphorus Deficiency 13% Unlikely
Iron Need 2% Ruled out
Hypoglycemia 1% Ruled out
Sulfur Need 1% 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.

Related Questions

Food Preferences