Unlike almost every other woman I know, I don’t crave chocolate. Sure, I’ll eat the occasional Reese’s peanut butter cup, and if an Almond Joy candy bar magically appears in front of me, I’m not going to throw it away. But, sweets just aren’t my thing.

When I have a craving, it’s usually for something salty. (If you leave me unattended with a bag of Tostitos and some guacamole, I’ll most likely end up in a food coma.) So, why is it that some people crave one thing while others crave something else?

According to a recent article on the Huffington Post’s website, those cravings aren’t only based on your taste in food, but also stem from a person’s emotional state. Whether it’s a craving for sweet, salty, creamy, spicy or greasy; your insatiable hunger for a certain type of food can say a lot about you.

Chocolate: Feeling unloved and disappointed by your relationship status? Then you’re probably craving a good dose of chocolate. Containing mood-altering, feel-good chemicals, chocolate can appease one’s need to feel accepted. In fact, chocolate contains the chemical, PEA, which is also the chemical a brain secretes when it’s newly in love. Maybe it really is better than sex.

Salty: Saltiness usually goes hand in hand with crunchiness, which is a soothing combination to ease anger or anxiety. While a craving for salt is mainly your body telling you you need more sodium, a crunchy snack satisfies a carnal desire to chew and releases stress from the body.

Dairy: Forget the anti-depressants, dairy products can also remedy depressed feelings. Containing comforting chemicals such as choline and tryptophan, dairy products can ease feelings of sadness while making the body feel comfortably satiated.

Sweets: Remember when you were rewarded with a lollipop after behaving during a check up? If you frequently crave sweets, chances are, your body became accustomed to rewarding itself with sugary treats. Cravings for pastries and certain candies trigger memories of childhood experiences that were rewarded by sweet foods.

Greasy: Graduating seniors, watch out for this craving. Greasy foods that are often fried and high in fat can leave the body feeling full and satisfied, also satisfying the mind’s need for direction and change in life. High-fat foods can leave a person feeling comfortable and content with a life that is the opposite.

Spicy: Feeling bored with your life? Then you’re probably craving spicy foods. Not only that, but those who crave spicy food are also more likely to crave spice in other areas of their lives such as adventure seeking and promiscuity.

-Amber Brenza

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