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If You Crave: Pizza or Other Cheesy Fare

The Likely Culprit: A Fatty Acid Deficiency
As many as 60 percent of Americans are deficient in essential fatty acids (EFAs), which are found mainly in fish, seafood, flax and other concentrated plant oils, says Barry Sears, Ph.D., president of the Inflammation Research Foundation in Marblehead, MA. “Your body can’t build EFAs, despite how desperately it needs them -- and cravings for fatty foods are a common symptom of this dietary shortfall.”

Rx: Add three 6-ounce servings of fish or seafood to your weekly diet, sprinkle 2 tablespoons of ground flax onto your daily meals or take 3 grams of fish oil each day, and your pizza pig-outs could ease in as little as one month, says Sears.

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