Processed junk foods are tasty because of the added sugars, but you can train your brain to hate junk food to help you avoid it. According to scientific studies, one way to train yourself is to eat a variety of foods during meals with lots of colors on your plate. You should also treat yourself but with healthy things like frozen grapes in place of desserts. If possible, try to avoid foods with more than five ingredients as this is a sign of being processed. Make sure to have plenty of healthy foods on hand so you can eat them when you crave junk. In addition, it’s helpful to chew more than you need to when eating to fool your body into thinking you ate more than you did. A great way to stay away from processed foods is to educate yourself on just what they’re made of and how they’re made. For example, ready-to-eat frozen chicken breasts get their grill marks from a machine, not a grill. Chips are full of surprising flavors too; some are even made with chicken powder! Finally, many processed junk foods are full of preservative chemicals, added in during the manufacturing and cooking processes.
- junk food is made from a mix of sugars, fats, and other chemically processed ingredients that are designed to create unhealthy cravings among consumers.
- substituting junk foods with foods that are nutritionally dense are much more beneficial to the person’s health. A “colorful” plate, healthy treats, and following the “5-ingredient rule” is advised.
- strategies such as chewing your food more, keeping healthy foods in easy reach, and learning more about the ingredients in processed foods, ensure that junk food cravings are eliminated.
“If there are more than 5 ingredients on a food label, a red flag for food processing, don’t buy it.”