Craving a steak for dinner? According to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition this may be a symptom of a low protein diet.
In this study of 37 volunteers, two different groups were asked to eat a protein-rich or low protein diet and routinely polled on their cravings.
Those that consistently ate a low protein diet tended to crave protein-rich foods such as lean meats, low-fat dairy and nuts. The scientists note that the body may need to consume a critical mass of protein per day.
So if your goal is to minimize red meat consumption for health reason such as lowering cholesterol, managing blood pressure or fighting type 2 diabetes, then make sure you get enough protein from other sources.