Not only my late grandmother, but my mother and older son, believe that if you are craving a particular food or foods, that means you are missing that particular nutrient in your body that that food has. In other words, I craved mushrooms like crazy all summer long and the store advertised on them that mushrooms have 100% of the RDA of vitamin D, which means, according to their theory, I was low on vitamin D, even after taking a vitamin D pill daily all winter long, but not during the summer because I generally get more sunlight during the summer months. Large portabella mushroom sandwiches, with tomatoes. The large shroom heated in a skillet, with a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil to keep it from sticking, and a few sprinkles of salt and pepper, but not rolled in flour or anything else, just plain shroom. Then I’d slap it on a couple slices of bread, put a tomato on it and I was ready to chow down! However, I could not get enough of them, eating them once a day almost every day, and my massage therapy son was so certain that I was low on something, even if it wasn’t vitamin D. Now that winter is here and I’m taking vitamin D again, I’m not craving them as much, if at all. The same with the tomatoes. Not sure if it’s because I’ve tired of them, they are sort of out of season, or my family is right. My current craving is pomegranate juice and here in the States, pomegranates are in season. Other times it’s orange juice. I’m not sure that if one craves something they are missing the nutrients found in that food or not, but I do know that if one eats protein (either in nuts, tofu, beans, or meat, if so inclined) along with a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as grains, they will do OK, but I don’t think one can eat enough of every food group, as recommended, because for some people that’s just too much food to eat in a course of a day. If I, a 4’ 11” ate the suggested amount of food on the food pyramid daily, I’d be overweight, if not obese, because not every woman is a 5’ 4” 120-130 lb person for starters and secondly, everyone’s body handles calories differently depending on their metabolism and the amount of exercise they get in a day. Not everyone’s body can handle 1200-1500 calories a day- for some it’s too much and others not enough. Of course, this also would mean that the RDA 100% could be more for some and less for others. A 100 lb 4’ 11” woman cannot eat as much as a 5’ 9” 180 lb man nor should she, unless she wants to be overweight. So even the pyramid has some problems, because it does not take in the individual’s size and metabolism, some people need more food and other need less, in order to maintain a healthy body weight.