Avatar universal
craving
Why am I craving pickles and popcorn?
Cancel
3 Answers
Page 1 of 1
681148 tn?1437665191
Often we crave the very things that cause us problems.  Popcorn isn't good for anyone.  Most corn is also GMO.  You can find such information on mercola.com.  A lot of people with GERD are sensitive or even allergic to food preservatives and sulfites and aren't aware of this.  The pickles on the market aren't typically made the traditional ways that we know our grandparents and great grandparents would've known how to do.  This is true of sauerkraut, too.  If these were made in the traditional manner, rather than for them to be loaded with all kinds of additives that don't belong, that would make a huge difference.  In our day and age, even vinegars have changed drastically from the traditional vinegars.  Consider apple cider vinegar, for example.  It's the best one there is for one's health that is on the market, but it matters who makes it.  It matters, too, if it is UNfiltered, organic and still has "the mother" in it.  Otherwise, all the health benefit properties have been lost and the stuff is no better than the cheap white vinegar that is really only good for house cleaning.  Pickles on the market are made with the white vinegar, unless they specify otherwise.  The white vinegar is made from wheat or barley, so it isn't good for anyone with gluten intolerance.  It has added manmade sulfites in it.  All other vinegars out there don't have the health benefits in them and are only for flavor.  If you find that sulfites are the culprit--definitely don't use vinegars made from wine.  Unfortunately, even if they may or may not be made the traditional manner, they still have added sulfites, because modern wines have added sulfites.  Also, if you're really sensitive, even wines and wine vinegars that don't have added sulfites in them may make you still feel sick, because grapes themselves have a naturally occuring load of sulfites.  I can't even tolerate fresh grapes, especially the red ones.  More than GERD bothers me in this case.  Sorry, but you're asking a loaded question.

The other thing to consider is the possibility of vitamin or mineral deficiency of some kind.  Not sure which one, but I'm certain it's not an obvious one.  The one that comes to my mind is iron deficiency, as in iron deficient anemia.  One can get strange food cravings with this kind of anemia.  While I talked about the sulfite issue first, I would have my doctor test for iron deficiency first.  Folks with GI issues can have iron deficiencies.
Comment
Cancel
681148 tn?1437665191
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
63984 tn?1385441539
I'm not a health professional, but suspect from knowledge of MS patients in my family that the brain changes cause the sense of taste to change, not only what tastes good but what tastes bad.  This can also happen with those of us who have had heart surgery, strokes, etc.

I'm guessing, and take it exactly as a guess, that you are craving salt. I'd suggest you contact a diet specialist to sort this out.    
Comment
Cancel
63984 tn?1385441539
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
You are craving salt. Plain and simple. It could be because of a variety of reasons, some of which could be concerning. Make sure you communicate this info to your doctor as it can be indicative of low blood pressure, internal bleeding and other medical concerns. Probably, though you just need an electrolyte balance that would be found from drinking Gatorade. Give it a try and see what happens.
Comment
Cancel
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Submit Answer
A
A
Blank
Gastro Tracker
Gastro
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
Avatar m tn
Blank
Joel78 is frustrated, aching, tire... Comment
May 26
3166043 tn?1454907261
Blank
christineyvette Derealization is the WORST Comment
May 26
Avatar m tn
Blank
Joel78 commented on Jzabs's status
May 25
Top Digestive Answerers
GERD (Acid Reflux) Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543 tn?1463449675
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank
Top Digestive Answerers