I don’t want to scare anyone. There could be strong reactions, troubling thoughts, intermittent nightmares after reading this. Everyone loves food, but favorite foods aren’t universal. Foods I love, you think are disgusting. Foods you obsess over, I hate. Taste preferences determine favorites. But cravings–those campaigns of flavor–they’re different from favorite foods. You don’t pick a craving; it overtakes you.
I notice pregnant ladies desire interesting meals, creating combinations that satisfy a taste, but perhaps satisfy some mineral or vitamin need, too. Our bodies urge us to eat certain foods at times because we require more iron or Vitamin C or whatever. Or, we’re ill and the hankerings are out of control like a person with untreated diabetes in a bakery. Back away from the cronuts, no sudden movements, pal.
So where does my love for liverwurst come from? Left field, I know. While I can’t handle eating liver and onions, spread up some liverwurst on bread, maybe add some cheese and I’m snacking happily. It’s an odd food, liverwurst. A tube of soft meat product. Very divisive, you either enjoy it or it repels you from the kitchen, no thoughts of hunger.
Did I lose you? Come back. I Nancy Drew-ed it. I figured out this liverwurst thing after I read the nutritional label. Plenty of fats, protein, iron. All expected, but I noticed a high amount of Vitamin A. (For those unaware, Vitamin A is good for eyes.) And it made sense to me. Liverwurst is a boost, a way to nourish my eyes without squirting eye drops in them or swallowing supplements. It’s not a staple in my cart like peanut butter or herbal tea or yogurt; I buy it a few times a year at the deli, a random prize of craving.
Does anyone else eat liverwurst? What are your food cravings?