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"The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food," there's no denying that junk food cravings are powerful, physiological reactions—and, apparently, carefully and strategically developed by food manufacturers, as explained in the recent New York Times Magazine piece. Many supermarket snacks are made with the “perfect” amounts of added sugar, salt, fat, and other chemicals designed to leave us craving more. But there are ways to help you to steer clear of processed food and the less junk food you eat, the less you will crave it.
Practice the five-ingredient rule
If there are more than five ingredients on a food label—don’t buy it. (Or if you do, consider it a treat instead of an everyday purchase). This is an easy way to avoid impulse buys like flavor-blasted chips or pre-made cookies when food shopping.