In sales and on the road a lot. Love SciFi, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and the occasional Non-Fiction. Funny. Opinionated.
Well, that's not entirely true. I should start by saying that I don't read many non-fiction or health books. However, I saw the author on Jon Stewart or Colbert a few weeks ago and then I saw the book was selling well on Audible so I figures I'd give it a shot. To my surprise I found myself engaged and invested in the book, from examples of corporate greed to studies on human nature. The writing is phenomenal and comes at you like the good, hard-hitting journalism that it is. My initial criticism was the repetition of certain key words and phrases, however I came to feel that this served to hammer home points and familiarize the reader with certain industry vocabulary. I also developed a new way of looking at the nutrition information and ingredient list on my food. The narration keeps pace with the writing without sounding flat, and that is all you can really ask of a book like this. 5 stars does this book justice, it is not an inflated score. I would rank Salt, Sugar, Fat as one of my top books of 2013 without hesitation.
There isn't much I didn't know either from information or common sense. However, the case is strongly made and documented - and the most telling testimony, I think, is that the book has convinced me to start moving away from processed foods and cutting severely on red meat.
Geek girl, unrepentant Japanophile, epicurean, and gimp. I recently began listening to audio books due to physical limitations, and am eager to explore this new method of information absorption and entertainment.
Pardon brevity, but I just wanted to chime in and say that while the book does get repetitious on occasion, and the performance could be a titch better, the substance and message really needs to be digested by the masses.
I've known about the details in bits and pieces over the years, but it's nice to see an entire treatise on the subject of our terribly mis-represented nutrition, its history and future.
A great read for those who are unaware or those who like to see all the threads of this deceitful web intertwined.
I am not normally a reader of books like this- im skeptical. i think a lot of non foction and self help type books cam be slanted tO the authors liking, while that may be somewhat the case here , the author seems to have well done and through research into all sides of the food industry- not hair additives. It touches on everything that makes you reach for one more chip, cookie, and soda.
While we may not be able to cut all processed food out of our lives- it does make you examine what you really want and why- and has helped me make some better choices .
I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 8 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile and also read a great deal.i play chess,cook,love world music and embrace the outdoors at every opportunity.My favorite listens have all been adventure driven,but I can also appreciate stuff related to science,business and even fiction.
The author points out so many truisms about food.We eat food for taste not nutrition.We have been duped by the industry of food with false advertising and subsidized commodities.I now feel that anything that has been packaged up in a brightly colored jacket,be it a bottle or a bag is suspect of having these insidious three ingredients within its confines.Now I have experimented with things like making my own fruit shakes.I figured out that even the plain yogurt I was using was laden with sugar,so now I simply use plain water.I was shocked by how much less sweet it is.In a crazy world we reach for the convenient options again and again.We have lost the ability to create real,wholesome food and we traded that in to the advertisers who make everything cool and festive.
My kid was born in 1984... he hated me cause I never bought 'snacks' and the sodas and sweets around the house were rare. Well here he is 29yrs old and me in my late 50's - both thin and pretty... damn I wish I beat this guy to writing Salt Sugar Fat... LOL
While the number of books demonizing the food industry grows larger every year, this one deserves a place very near the top. Moss just lays out the economic and human drivers behind the fundamental alteration in the food chain. There is just a wealth of fascinating information, and human interest stories.
But then there's Scott Brick. Why does every sentence have to sound like a roller coaster? It wears you out after a while. Luckily, this is a Whispersync for Voice book, so I can consume most of it on my Kindle.
Yes! There's so much information in here, I'm sure I'd glean more from multiple listenings.
How the industry has evolved, and the lengths these companies will go in pursuit of the almighty dollar. Not necessarily surprising, but interesting. Invites comparison to Big Tobacco.
Yes. I'm a big fan of Scott Brick. He's quite versatile!
There are some funny/humorous aspects. The most extreme reaction would be my incredulity (followed by 'doh' head slaps at my own naivete) at this industry's business as usual.
I love learning, teaching, and exploring!
Anybody reading this book would be encouraged to cut process foods from the diet. It outlines many examples of how salty, sugary, and fatty foods are often addictive and people are generally oblivious to their adverse health affects. The scariest part was the countless examples of foods the claim to be low fat or low salt, giving the impression that they are healthy, when in reality they are not.
Besides the relationship between our health and the food that we eat, the author also outlines marketing practices from the food industry. The bottom line is that the food industry is motivated by making money and will sell/market whatever the general population desires and will buy. In the end, the author pointed to education and individual choices as the key to driving change in an era of overeating and obesity.
This book is a great start to educating yourself on why you should avoid processed foods but it doesn't offer much in the way of what types of food should be consumed and the appropriate portion sizes. Nevertheless, it is insightful (although maybe a little bit repetitive) and was an enjoyable listen!
If you have any concern for your future health, and have any sense that what you eat may be connected with that future health then YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK.