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Craving sugar, sweets, chocolate anxiety symptom

Marilyn Folk BScN medical reviewer
Written by: Jim Folk.
Medically reviewed by: Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated: April 3, 2019

Craving sugar, sweets, chocolate:

You have an increased desire for craving sugar, sweets or chocolate. Although you may have a 'sweet tooth', these cravings are unusually high. Many times, even though we eat a healthy meal or ingest raw sugars (candy bars, pastries, cakes, chocolate, soft drinks, juices), a short while later we are craving sugar, sweets again.

You are persistently hungry. Even though you ate only a short time ago, you are hungry again, and what you are craving most are high calorie foods, such as sugars and sweets.

Why does anxiety cause craving sugar, sweets, chocolate, and high carb foods?

Stress taxes the body's energy resources much harder than normal. When the body runs low on energy, it demands to be refueled with high energy (raw sugar) foods, which can be quickly converted to blood sugar (which the body uses for fuel). This is why when we are overly stressed and/or anxious, we crave raw sugar foods such as sugar, sweets, chocolate, and high carb foods. As the body's overall stress increases, so can the demand for craving sugar, sweets, chocolate, 'junk' foods, and raw sugar foods.

In fact, an early indication of elevating anxiety and/or stress is craving sugar, sweets, chocolate, and junk foods.

Fortunately, we can reduce and eliminate these types of cravings by containing our anxiousness and reducing stress.

For more information about why the body can be craving sugar, you can read about it in Chapter 3 in the Recovery Support area of our website.

For a more detailed explanation about all anxiety symptoms, why symptoms can persist long after the stress response has ended, common barriers to recovery and symptom elimination, and more recovery strategies and tips, we have many chapters that address this information in the Recovery Support area of our website.

The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.

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