Dear Doctors: Why is ditching junk food so hard? I know I should have an apple instead of a doughnut, but when I crave a snack, I don’t reach for the fruit bowl. Making and then breaking the promise to eat healthy makes me feel like a failure. How can a junk food addict like me get back on track?
Dear Reader: In framing your question, you used two revealing words — “crave” and “addict.” And based on what is now known about ultraprocessed foods, that’s no accident.