Curing junk food addiction



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One of the biggest challenges many of us face this time of year is eating healthy. It seems there's no shortage of goodies that aren't exactly good for you and can actually be addictive.

Back in the 1970s there was a hit record called "Junk Food Junkie". It turns out that song title is more accurate than many of us may think. Eyewitness News Healthbeat Reporter Mark Hiller turned to a local nutrition expert for advice to overcome junk food addiction and withdrawal.

Call it the temptation section of the supermarket with no shortage of cookies and donuts by the dozen or bags and bags of chips, pretzels and other snacks. But whether it's sweet or savory, they all share one thing in common. They're processed foods which can give you a genuine junk food high that can become addictive. Kathy Alfieri, RD, LDN is a Clinical Nutrition Manager Morrison Healthcare at Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital and said, "When we eat something very high in sugar or very high in salt it causes us to crave more fatty, salty, sugary foods."