Excessive carrot cravings have been linked to anemia, and can be resolved by adding more iron into the diet. However, carrot addiction is a rare but real condition that can result in hypercarotenemia, thought to be triggered by unknown chemical elements in beta carotene.Continue Reading
Medical literature concerned with the consequences of excessive carrot consumption dates back to the 1900s. While the most famous side effect is hypercarotenemia, a condition in which the skin turns yellow or orange, the British Journal of Addiction has recorded cases in which patients displayed psychological dependence on carrots, exhibiting withdrawal symptoms of nervousness, cravings, insomnia and irritability.
The exact science of carrot addiction remains unknown. Some doctors speculate that beta carotene is the basis of the addiction, but others have examined the correlation between those who start eating carrots as a displacement activity while trying to quit smoking. An aggressively oral act, carrot eating and withdrawal becomes linked with nicotine withdrawal.
Food cravings are generally understood to be more mental than physical, and are often meant to treat stress or as a side effect of emotional eating. However, cravings often focus on foods high in fat or sugar, which trigger a boost in serotonin levels. One woman in 1996 attempted to treat her carrot addiction with antidepressants, but they did not affect her carrot intake.Learn more about Nutrition & Diets
To treat low iron with diet, eat foods high in iron such as meat, seafood, beans, leafy green vegetables and dried fruits, suggests Mayo Clinic. Consuming foods that contain vitamin C along with foods containing iron helps the body absorb the iron better. Drinking citrus juice such as orange juice with iron-rich food is one way to do this.Full Answer >
Animal-based sources of iron for an individual on a gluten-free diet include liver, red meat, poultry and fish, while plant-based sources include nuts, seeds, beans, quinoa and teff, according to Gluten-Free Living. It is also important for gluten-free dieters to take measures for increasing the absorption of the iron.Full Answer >
Excessive iron intake is usually linked to a genetic disorder called hemochromatosis, or iron storage disease. To avoid excess iron building up in body tissue, watch for symptoms of hemochromatosis. If diagnosed with it, avoid certain foods and dietary supplements.Full Answer >
Iron is an important mineral that helps transport oxygen flow throughout the body. Iron is also a vital component of maintaining healthy nails, hair, skin and cells.Full Answer >