As we are getting closer and closer to saying goodbye to the month of January we may start craving chocolate. Part of it may be because we look at the calendar and see how close we are getting to Valentines Day.

We walk around any store and see the displays. They have been up since the day after Christmas so all that pink and red stuff has been everywhere. I notice it when I am walking around Walgreens. What also comes with Valentines Day? Of course lots of chocolates. We see all of those red hearts filled with just that. It makes a lot of our mouths water just thinking about it.

You may, though, find yourself craving chocolate even more. It may have nothing to do with Valentines Day. Maybe you just feel like you have to have it. Could there be some underlying reason?

Sometimes you crave certain foods because you are lacking something in your diet. For example if you find yourself chewing a lot of ice they say that you are iron deficient. So you need to eat more foods with iron or take a supplement.

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So chocolate is your kryptonite. What does that mean you could be lacking? Research has shown that you may not be getting enough magnesium. Don't feel bad because a lot of us don't seem to get as much as we need.

Not having enough in your diet can lead to health issues. You can be at a risk for your blood pressure being too high, you can develop heart disease, diabetes and even osteoporosis.

Chocolate has a lot of magnesium in it but is not the healthiest thing to eat to raise your levels. You can get the magnesium you need by eating healthier choices like fish, spinach, brown rice, beans and avocados.

Those options will satisfy your need without sabotaging your waistline.

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