Craving Specific Foods

What Causes Addictions To Certain Foods?

Addictions to certain foods can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose addictions to certain foods, 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 "addictions to certain foods" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Food Allergies
  • Nutritional Deficiency
  • Low Digestive Enzymes

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:
offensive-smelling stool
regular postprandial somnolence
occasional episodes of diarrhea
indoor allergies
edema of the hands
history of sinusitis
frequent rotten egg burps
digestive enzyme use
heart racing/palpitations
very frequent stools
chronic diarrhea
excessive flatulence
... and more than 40 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of addictions to certain foods:
Cause Probability Status
Low Digestive Enzymes 92% Confirm
Nutritional Deficiency 22% Unlikely
Food Allergies 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 craving specific foods:
Are there any foods that you eat often and would have great difficulty giving up? Examples include meat, cheese, bread products, chocolate.
Possible responses:
→ No / I could give up anything / don't know
→ Probably
→ Yes, definitely
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate craving specific foods, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Allergy to Foods (Hidden)

We may actually be allergic to the very foods we most crave.  By eliminating these foods from our diet for 10-14 days, the cravings may disappear as the withdrawal symptoms cease.

Digestive Enzyme Need

When the digestive system fails to properly convert food into nutrients, poorly-digested food particles fail to reach the blood stream and can cause cravings for these missing nutrients.

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