Find out why you can't get enough of the sweet stuff.
By Diana Kelly Levey
You might be tempted to blame the holiday season for suddenly thinking about and craving sweets more often, but there may be some other causes for your sweet tooth in play. Here are six unexpected reasons you’re craving candy, cookies, and cake at all hours of the day. Read on to find out more and learn how to regain control over your diet as well.
You're on a low-fat diet.
While the low-fat diet craze was more popular in the 80’s and 90’s, if you recently decided to trim fat from your diet and picked up a ton of low-fat, fat-free, and non-fat foods from the grocery store, your sugar cravings could seem elevated. Many processed foods that tout “low-fat” or “non-fat” on the packaging have added sugar (and sodium) to help make the food taste better. One study followed a group of participants that were either on a low-fat diet or low-carb diet for two years and found that the low-fat dieters tended to report higher levels of hunger. The low-carb dieters’ preferences for high-carb foods and high-sugar foods decreased more over time than the low-fat dieters' cravings did. Unless your doctor told you to go on a low-fat diet, keep healthy fats, like avocados, nuts, nut butters, and heart-healthy oils like coconut or olive oil in your diet, as part of your balanced meal plan to help you feel satiated and control sugar cravings.