Science Sound Bite: SANE Solutions to Cravings

Frequently Asked Question

How can I curb my cravings for sweet, salty, or crunchy snacks?



  • Protein bars with at least four times more protein than sugar (I enjoy Quest bars)
  • Berries and citrus
  • Diabetic candy/chocolate
  • Low-carb snack products
  • SANE fudge
  • Sugar-free drinks such as Crystal Light etc.


You can use as much salt as you’d like in food (within reason). This should go along way in avoiding cravings in the first place.

  • Beef or turkey jerky
  • Lunch meat
  • Soy nuts
  • Nuts


  • Raw sugar snap peas
  • Raw celery
  • Soy nuts
  • Nuts
  • Low-carb snack products

Jonathan Bailor!/jonathanbailor
(212) 465-3130

11 replies
  1. Princess Dieter
    Princess Dieter says:

    Protein bars are tough for us who stay away from gluten. Quest bars are gluten free, low in sugar (the carbs are mostly fiber), and the chocolate one, when nuked for a few seconds, mimics a brownie. Unwarmed it’s a bit like a gritty tootsie roll. I wasn’t mad about the other flavors. No sugar alcohols. Many of us get the runs/gas from maltitol (in a lot of lower carb bars). Worth trying for the gluten-intolerant. Not as yummy as some of the low carb bars out there, but the ingredients list is less daunting than most.

    I keep sugar-free chocolate (Chocoperfection, Nevada Manna, Ghirardelli cocoa powder) for when the chocolate cravings hit. :D

  2. JoAnn
    JoAnn says:

    I was curious why peas are on the SANE list of foods. I’ve always seen them categorized as a starchy vegetable.

    • Jonathan
      Jonathan says:

      Great question JoAnn. Technically peas are a fruit, but calling them a non-starchy vegetable, or even a legume, is reasonable depending on the variety of pea.

      • LeonRover
        LeonRover says:

        Actually, not technically, as members of the genus Leguminosae, peas are legumes – “seeds in a pod”.

        Young peas, are harvested when pods are still bright green,usually given description of “fresh frozen”, and end up with a CHO content of about 10 gms/100 gms.

        Old peas, usually called “marrowfat”, are harvested when pods are wrinkled, quite often are dried, and end up with a CHO content of 18 gms/100 gms.

        It seems Jonathon’s “non starchy” corresponds to CHO <= 10% by weight, while "starchy" is greater than this.

        In which case, I am puzzled that turnip, with a CHO of 2% is "starchy".

        • Jonathan
          Jonathan says:

          Hi Leon – It’s interesting to note that peapods contain seeds developed from the ovary of a flower and are therefore a fruit. I’m not sure if it matter too much though as the point is that eating peas (ideally within their “pod”) is healthier and more helpful for fat loss than eating starches or sweets. – Jonathan Bailor

  3. Susan
    Susan says:

    What do you believe about Savi Seeds ( – also known as sascha inchi seeds from Peru?

    Do they fit into the SANE and Paleo diets?


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