I always thought sugar was a binge trigger for me. But lately, you know what I've been having when I crave sugar? A cup of tea... with sugar! And I havent been binging.
Ever tried to binge on a bag of pure sugar? Eat it with a spoon? Even if I tried to drink the whole thing in tea I wouldn't be able to. However: a pint of ice cream, a jar of Nutella: gone before I finish typing this sentence...
Many junk foods have a host of other chemicals added, not to mention soy and wheat.
Dairy, wheat and nuts are known to have opiate effects for some people (junkies in rehab are often given "snack packs" of Brazil nuts!) but once I separated sugar from the other substances I realised it doesn't do that for me. Some people find fruit is a binge trigger, so maybe fructose is a culprit sometimes, but in my experience pure sugar is not.
Anyway, it's not the foods themselves that are at fault. There's an underlying reason we get addicted to any substance, and until you deal with that it will just emerge in another area of your life.
"I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.
In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."
- Ray Peat