Why do we crave carbs?
Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
11 June 2021

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.    .

‘Carboholism’ is real and extremely common. Your body tends to crave for them so what do you do when those urges strike? Instead of resisting or caving in, could there possibly be a safe, middle ground?

What your cravings mean

  1. The chief cause for craving carbs is that you aren’t eating adequate amounts of food in general or your meals aren’t balanced with sufficient quantities of protein, healthy fats, and fibre.
  2. An underlying medical condition that influences your blood sugar status is known to trigger strong carb cravings too.
  3. When you are low on energy, it is pretty natural to reach out for a bag of chips or a cookie. The afternoon slump is typically a huge cause for carb bingeing.
  4. Experts also say that craving for carb rich foods may be a mental or emotional thing. It may not be due to an insufficiency of a macronutrient in the body, but the craving may stem from an emotional place, making you crave comfort foods like chips, cakes and cookies.
  5. It’s a vicious cycle - the more carbs you eat, the more you will want them. When you consume carbohydrates, the body produces insulin. High levels of insulin tell the body to store fat. Insulin causes energy to be stored in fat cells, and consequently the other cells in your body get neglected; they get starved, and as a result you crave more carbs.

Handling your cravings in a healthy way

Is there a healthy way to handle your craving for carbs? 

  • Ensure that you're eating a well balanced diet, that’s loaded with protein, healthy fats and fresh fruits and veggies. When you are well fed with the right foods, you will automatically not crave foods rich in carbohydrates, especially the heavily processed and refined ones. Make sure you get a sufficient amount of complex carbs from your whole cereals as well. It is absolutely crucial that you have regular checkups with your health care provider to rule out any underlying disorder that may be affecting your nutritional requirements.

 

  • When you are hungry and when you want to squash those pangs and battle the afternoon slump – grab a bowl of peanuts or cashews. They are protein-packed and loaded with healthy fats, both of which are perfect! Combat your cravings with healthier alternatives. In general, a healthier carb option is one that’s crammed with protein, fibre, and healthy fats. Rich sources of carbohydrates such as - beans, whole cereals and fruits are your best go-to. Beans are an excellent carb option for you to settle on because they give you a lot protein and fibre, along with complex carbs which get digested slowly, keeping you full for longer. Make sure you have 2 portions of beans daily. Tata Sampann Beans are sourced from the best organic farms and are processed and packaged in a scientific and hygienic manner, providing you with the finest.

 

  • When you crave sweet sugary foods, load up on fruit. They offer fibre, vital vitamins and minerals and potent anti-oxidants – they are your best choice when you wish to snack on something healthy but also tasty.

Give yourself permission to eat carbs when you long for them, this helps avoid feelings of deprivation and hunger. Concentrate on more wholesome substitutes. Yearnings for carb will never go away but your goal is to steer clear of processed foods and to rewire your brain to want the right carbs instead. Integrate those foods in to your diet, which quell your cravings as well as are beneficial to your body, helping you achieve your health goals. 

 

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