Craving for Dill Pickles
Answered by: Christine Dennis
Question from: Debbie
Posted on: January 19, 2008

I have craved dill pickles since I was like 5 years old. I am now 48 with high blood pressure. I cannot seem to not crave pickles. It has to be the dill kind. Am I just craving dill or do I have a med problem? I can eat a small jar of pickles every day. HELP. Oh ya, my nick name is Pickles... I love dill pickles. I am starting to wonder what is wrong with me. Is it the dill or the vinegar I am craving? Most women want candy -- not me, give me a pickle every time.

Cravings are a strange phenomena. Sometimes we can crave foods that we need or we can crave the very foods we need to avoid. Considering you have high blood pressure, pickles are probably not the best food for you especially if your blood pressure is due to water retention or kidney problems. The reason for this of course is the high salt content in most pickles.

When trying to determine what exactly it is that is causing your cravings, consider the following. Vinegar is sour to taste. Sour is known to be a digestive stimulant as well as aiding in the digestive absorption as it is classified as warming on the digestive system. Dill is commonly used as a carminative -- aids digestion, and is considered to be warming on the digestion as well. Therefore, perhaps the reason for your cravings is that your digestive system requires warming and stimulating?

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