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iVillage.com: Beat Your Worst Food Cravings

If You Crave: Chocolate

The Likely Culprit: A Magnesium Deficiency
According to Tucson’s University of Arizona researchers, up to 49 percent of women with food cravings are defeated by chocolate -- some during their premenstrual week, others daily. Underlying trigger? Usually a magnesium deficit. Chocolate contains up to 65 milligrams of magnesium per ounce, so these cravings are your brain trying to correct a shortfall in the tastiest way possible, says Carolyn Dean, M.D., author of "The Magnesium Miracle."

Rx: The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for magnesium is 320 milligrams daily. Skip the chocolate with spinach (157 milligrams per cup), nuts and seeds (up to 156 milligrams per ounce) and soybeans (108 milligrams per cup). If you must, reach for dark chocolate. According to USDA trials, it contains triple the magnesium of milk chocolate, so you’ll need less to feel fulfilled.

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