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 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile
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.
FatOldBroad...lover of mystery/thriller genre and biographies.
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.
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.
Avid fan of sci-fi and James Marsters, I use audio books to inspire me to exercise, taking them on morning walks. It's a perfect combo!
Although at times repetitive, the data presented in this book is astounding and eyeopening! How did our country and our kids come to be hooked on salt, sugar, and fat-laden convenience foods? It wasn't by chance! And the most shocking thing is that the GOVERNMENT has helped the food giants all along the way. Well worth the listen!
Updates since the print version
Eye opening and revealing facts regarding the food industry and how they are able to adulterate our foods. Sad and scary facts on what we are eating and what we have become as a society of obese with chronic ailments. This can give you good insight on how that's happened and how to avoid the foods discussed. Interesting from a scientific standpoint add a star if you are a food technologist or chemist.