Think back to the good ol’ days when you were just a kid. Was there any better feeling than licking a lollipop after a visit to the doctor’s office? What about crushing your entire Halloween candy loot on the same night you got it? Sugar is and always has been awesome. Many adults don’t have the tolerance to eat as much candy after puberty hits, but certain variables still drive them to reach for candy bars over apples.
To find out why people are always craving sugar, we spoke with board-certified nutritionist Sunny Brigham, registered dietician Jill Nussinow, “Beating Sugar Addiction for Dummies” author Dan DeFigio, To The Pointe Nutrition owner Rachel Fine, wellness coach and world champion powerlifter Robert Herbst, nutritional therapy practitioner Catherine Crow, diet and nutrition expert Carolyn Dean, certified nutritionist Christina Tsiripidou, Maple Holistics personal trainer and health and wellness expert Caleb Backe, nutrition doctor Barry Sears, Keto cookbook author JR Fletcher, NYC Surgical Associates general surgeon Christopher Hollingsworth and director of dietetics and nutritional Science at GenoPalate Matt Edwards.
Each expert gave us insight into why our bodies feel like they need sugary foods over healthier fare, and it’s not only because sugary treats are delicious (though we fact-checked this and duh, it’s true). From jetlag and digestion issues to lack of intimacy and hormone triggers, read on to find 19 surprising reasons why you’re always craving sugar.