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Salt Sugar Fat Audiobook
Salt Sugar Fat
Written by: 
Michael Moss
Narrated by: 
Scott Brick
Salt Sugar Fat Audiobook

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, February 2013 - I’m going to go ahead and predict that Salt Sugar Fat will be the biggest exposé to hit the food industry since Fast Food Nation. Intelligently and lucidly written (by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, no less), this book is going to make serious waves. It’s already causing mini-waves in my own home as I frantically figure out what in the world to stock my cupboard with. In Salt Sugar Fat we meet the major players inside the processed food industry, as well as learning about all the things that they understand about human nature that the average person doesn’t. Quite simply, we are built to crave salt, sugar, and fat, and the big food companies make sure they deliver it cheaply and by the truckload. You’ll never view food – and your relationship with it – the same again. —Emily, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

From a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at The New York Times comes the explosive story of the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the emerging obesity epidemic. Michael Moss reveals how companies use salt, sugar, and fat to addict us and, more important, how we can fight back.

Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese. It’s no wonder that 26 million Americans have diabetes, the processed food industry in the U.S. accounts for $1 trillion a year in sales, and the total economic cost of this health crisis is approaching $300 billion a year.

In Salt Sugar Fat, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Michael Moss shows how we got here. Featuring examples from some of the most recognizable (and profitable) companies and brands of the last half century - including Kraft, Coca-Cola, Lunchables, Kellogg, Nestlé, Oreos, Cargill, Capri Sun, and many more - Moss’s explosive, empowering narrative is grounded in meticulous, often eye-opening research.

Moss takes us inside the labs where food scientists use cutting-edge technology to calculate the "bliss point" of sugary beverages or enhance the "mouthfeel" of fat by manipulating its chemical structure. He unearths marketing campaigns designed - in a technique adapted from tobacco companies - to redirect concerns about the health risks of their products: Dial back on one ingredient, pump up the other two, and tout the new line as "fat-free" or "low-salt". He talks to concerned executives who confess that they could never produce truly healthy alternatives to their products even if serious regulation became a reality. Simply put: The industry itself would cease to exist without salt, sugar, and fat. Just as millions of "heavy users" - as the companies refer to their most ardent customers - are addicted to this seductive trio, so too are the companies that peddle them. You will never look at a nutrition label the same way again.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2013 Michael Moss (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"What happens when one of the country’s great investigative reporters infiltrates the most disastrous cartel of modern times: a processed food industry that’s making a fortune by slowly poisoning an unwitting population? You get this terrific, powerfully written book, jammed with startling disclosures, jaw-dropping confessions and, importantly, the charting of a path to a better, healthier future. This book should be read by anyone who tears a shiny wrapper and opens wide. That’s all of us." (Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President)

"In this meticulously researched book, Michael Moss tells the chilling story of how the food giants have seduced everyone in this country. He understands a vital and terrifying truth: that we are not just eating fast food when we succumb to the siren song of sugar, fat, and salt. We are fundamentally changing our lives - and the world around us.” (Alice Waters)

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    Beth Hoosick Falls, NY, United States 03-07-14
    Beth Hoosick Falls, NY, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent info/ horrible narration."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Salt Sugar Fat?

    While the information is well researched and very interesting, the style of reading makes it difficult to tolerate. Nonfiction doesn't require drama. Narration should not distract. I had to buy the hard copy to finish.


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    Elaine Canada 01-31-14
    Elaine Canada 01-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Highly repetitive and I agree with the author...."

    The amount of information presented is limited. I found the book slow and the information repetitive. Although there is some new information on BIG FOOD, I was disappointed. The facts could have been revealed in a magazine article. The author is a reporter and this is a report stretched out.... Good facts....that's it.

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    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 10-20-13
    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

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    "We are the puppets, they are the puppeteers"

    This is a great book, an eye opener for sure, a wake up call for those who are eating the foods that are being manufactured to make us fat. Everywhere in the world there is the obesity pandemic. We are fighting the scale daily, and this is all because of them, the industry that put too much salt, sugar and fat in their products to hook us, to make us buy more, and, in the end, spend the money on "petamen bariatric"...
    Listen to it and you will start to notice the industry's tricks, and maybe you will never fall into the trap again.

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    history buff louisiana 06-26-13
    history buff louisiana 06-26-13 Member Since 2008

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    "required reading!"

    this info will make you feel you have duped most of your life by both the government--who doesn't care a bit about YOU and ME--and the big companies--who are only in it for the $. no one cares about your health when it comes down to the dollars in your bank accounts, so read, read, read and learn what is healthy and what isn't. nothing that is manufactured and comes in a package is healthy!!

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    seaurchin 16 WASILLA, AK, United States 06-24-13
    seaurchin 16 WASILLA, AK, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Killing us slowly with food"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes its very interesting well resurched and well read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Salt Sugar Fat?

    Realizing the people I treusted could not be trusted


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If you could give Salt Sugar Fat a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The Cold hard truth about our food and the people who make it.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it need to be given more publicity or given out free

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scooter 05-17-13
    Scooter 05-17-13
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    "Very Compelling Narrative"

    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.

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    Vanessa Albany, NY, United States 04-23-13
    Vanessa Albany, NY, United States 04-23-13
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    "Enough to make you loose your lunch"
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    Food justice and access to nutritious food is one of my interests. This book did not disappoint as it traced the increasingly industrial process of bringing our food to market and how the processes strips our food of nutrition. It also clearly shows how food production is no longer a quest to feed people but to improve both market share and Wall Street performance.

    A challenging read and, I hope, just one more nail in the coffin of big, industrial food production. If this does not challenge us to grow our own gardens and support local food producers I do not know what will. Even more importantly it clearly shows that good, nutritious food is becoming the preserve of the rich and those on limited and no incomes are not able to access the food their bodies need.

    Loosing our lunch in its processed pre-packaged form is not only a health issue, it is a social justice issue and I hope that we can all add our voices to the increasing need to transform our food economy.

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    Kathryn Lancaster, PA USA 04-18-13
    Kathryn Lancaster, PA USA 04-18-13 Member Since 2016

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    Yes, we all know processed food is bad for us but eat it anyway. What we don't know is what is in that food and the extent of consumer manipulation by the food industry. The government has played a role in this as well, but they are now turning around and complaining about the high obesity rate when they are part of the problem. My favorite chapter was the one on cheese. In a sentence from the book - "cheese went from being a food to being an ingredient". How true. There many enlightening facts which I cannot quote since I listened to the book but I believe it was something along the lines of a cup of Ragu having as much sugar as 4 Oreos. That tends to make you aware. A very enlightening book.

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    Greg Diamond Fishkill, NY USA 04-09-13
    Greg Diamond Fishkill, NY USA 04-09-13
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    "Narrator definitely over the top"
    Would you listen to Salt Sugar Fat again? Why?

    No-I would read it. The narrator makes every sentence a life and death affair.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    Over the TOP.


    Any additional comments?

    As a previous reviewer said, as important a topic as this is, it was a shame that it was so hard to listen to.

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    Reader 04-08-13
    Reader 04-08-13
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    "I started to eat differently the day I read this."
    What did you love best about Salt Sugar Fat?

    This is an overall great book. It is a first person review of the history and science behind what the food industry knows about your impulsive tastes and how they use Salt, Sugar and Fat to control an addictive like desire.Once You educate yourself, you can choose whats best for you.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The narration was good enough to make me want to remember the words and how it made me feel when I first heard them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The interviews with industry insiders.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book if your interested in knowing more about how the choices about what you eat are really being made by food industry professionals, especially if you think your the one choosing. You will be surprised.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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