Psychology and Psychiatry

Why do you want sweet

At present, confectionery manufacturers have made sure that a variety of different sweets tempt people to try them. Constant fatigue of the body, lack of energy, apathy, weakness, trembling - these are signs that unknowingly fail a person to drink a cup of sweet tea while drinking his favorite cake. Each person has his own attitude to the use of sweet. On the one hand, sweets are harmful, and on the other, they are beneficial.


Products made of honey and fruits are not able to replace a person completely with sugar. Doctors began to recommend the introduction of sugar into the diet, because only he from products is better able to nourish the brain. However, you need to take into account the daily rate of sugar and not abuse it. The recommended rate per day is substantial. On average, it is from 60 to 80 grams. Within the recommended limits, sugar is an important source of glucose and energy. It must be remembered! Most of all small children need energy, who are very mobile and they often always want sweets.

Sweets cheer up - it is a recognized fact. Many people abuse the amount of sweets eaten, especially after a day of work or under stress, they cannot resist eating their favorite sweets.

Why do you want sweet? Highlight common reasons:

- lack of calcium, chromium, magnesium;

- stress, anxiety, depression;

- low hormone levels (progesterone, estrogen, testosterone);

- diffidence;

- insulin resistance;

- lack of love and attention;

- low blood sugar;

- lack of carbohydrates due to long breaks in the diet;

- Poor quality food when the body is not enough nutrients;

- the beginning of the menstrual cycle, menopause;

- pregnancy;

- the presence of parasites in the body;

- a decrease in the level of serotonin in the body and, as a consequence, an increase in cortisol.

Let us dwell in more detail on the connection of serotonin with the desire to eat sweet. This hormone is responsible for a good mood and causes a feeling of well-being. A lack of serotonin leads to a depressed state, anxiety. The lower the level of serotonin in humans, the stronger it will pull on the sweet and carbohydrates. To avoid reducing serotonin, you should not starve yourself for a long time. It is necessary to make small snacks between main meals.

Deficiency of this hormone can cause frequent depression, depressive mood, discontent with the immediate environment or with oneself. Often female representatives suffer from this, in whom serotonin is not produced enough. They are often tearful, anxious, are in a negative mood. Such disorders can even worsen the state of health and often women develop diseases of the nervous system. In such cases, just eating cake will not be enough to improve health and change hormones. It is necessary to seek help from specialists.

You should know that the "hormone of happiness", like any other hormone, is synthesized in the human body, but in all to varying degrees.

There is a popular opinion that the level of “hormones of happiness” rises after consuming the sweet, and in fact there is no such product (cake, candy or cookies) that would affect the increase in the amount of serotonin. But there are foods that increase the production of tryptophan, from which all the "hormones of happiness" are formed later.

It is possible to increase the synthesis of serotonin by using such sweet products: ripe bananas, figs, various sweet pastries, tea with sugar, dried fruits (bananas, dried dates, figs), sweet fruits (peach, plum, pear), black chocolate.

If the body wants to be sweet, then there will be nothing wrong with satisfying your desire. It is only necessary to remember the measure and then the harm from the sweet will not be found, under any circumstances! And having adjusted the diet, thoughts of cakes will occur much less frequently.

Harm from sweet

Many people do not think their lives without sweet. However, the abundance of sweets is harmful. Sweets can energize for only two hours, and then comes the state of dejection and apathy. A person may feel even worse than before eating sweets. He turns into more irritable and falls into a state of hopelessness.

Eating desserts is considered the easiest way to increase the amount of serotonin and improve mood. Simple carbohydrates contained in confectionery products, easily increase the level of the hormone. Therefore, many people so "seize" their problems during stressful situations. The danger is that this effect quickly passes and there is a need to increase the dose of serotonin. Thus, a person becomes addicted to sweets. To avoid this, simple carbohydrates should be replaced by complex sugars, which include polysaccharides, the molecules of which are combined into complex compounds with elements of animal and vegetable origin. It is glycogen, starch, cellulose. You must carefully study before buying the confectionery composition and give preference to those containing polysaccharides.

It should always be remembered that simple sugars are carbohydrates (monosaccharides) that are quickly digested by the body. The diet should contain complex carbohydrates, digested longer and provide the body with sufficient fiber and nutrients, proteins, minerals and vitamins. And simple sugars are harmful to both diabetics and ordinary people, since they imperceptibly lead to weight gain and fluctuations in blood sugar.

What to do if you want to constantly sweet? Doctors claim that the human body makes you understand the need to replenish the "deficient" vitamins and nutrients.

If a person pulls on:

- chocolate, then magnesium deficiency (Mg) is likely;

- dried apricots, there is a possibility of vitamin A deficiency;

- bananas - high demand for potassium (K);

- flour - nitrogen (N), as well as fat deficiency is possible.

If you always want sweets, it is advisable to check the blood for sugar and glucose tolerance. In the case of the norm of this indicator, blood should be donated to determine the level of vitamins and biochemical elements. When a health problem is detected, the therapist will prescribe an additional examination and treatment.

It is important to balance the diet so that the body receives a variety of nutrients - proteins, carbohydrates, fats.

In order not to want sweets, doctors recommend eating foods rich in micro / macro elements:

- magnesium (nuts, beans, spinach);

- carbohydrates (potatoes, corn, zucchini, rice noodles, pumpkin, pasta, muesli, dates);

- iron (cocoa powder, sunflower seeds, beans, lentils).

Not superfluous will be walks in the fresh air, which will allow you to saturate the brain with oxygen and improve your mood. It is important to learn to relax after a hard day’s work. For this, your favorite activities, intellectual games, listening to music, meeting with friends will do. You should always keep on hand the snack: dried fruit or fresh fruit, a mixture of nuts.

The habit of eating right can be raised, and then you will not want so often sweet, even in stressful situations, knocking out mental equilibrium.