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.
©2013 Michael Moss (P)2013 Random House Audio
"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)
Thought I knew a lot about processed food already. But Michael Moss showed me I did not. Scott Brick is an outstanding narrator as well. Very helpful and informative!
Brilliant book about the state of "food" in America and a very compelling listen. One of the most well written and well performed non -fiction books I have ever read. Also, whether on accident or on purpose, this is one of the best and easiest to understand pieces of writing on the fact that a free market economy in the US is a fallacy.
I don't think anyone would enjoy this.
I couldn't tell exactly, because of the awful narration, but most of the book read like an advertisement instead of actual investigatory journalism. In addition, I could really do without the fat shaming - it doesn't help anyone. I appreciated the historical aspects, though, and wish I could read more about it all.
Absolutely not. He has such a condescending tone that it made it impossible to actually get through this book. Maybe he's better in fiction books or mysteries, but that does NOT mean he's good for these kind of investigative books. He has an irritatingly mocking tone and makes the book seem super judgmental and not credible. I couldn't sit through all almost 15 hours of him talking - he makes any respectable story sound like a joke.
I wish I could get this book with a different narrator, so I could judge it more fairly.
This book isn't really about salt, sugar or fat. And it's attempts to describe health issues regarding these ingredients is very dated and poorly done. What this book is good at though it telling some mediocrely interesting tales of the processed food industry. I would rate this book higher if it stuck to that, but the inaccurate disease attributions to specific types of food or these ingredients misses the big picture of the processing itself not the nutritionist perspective this book focuses on. The author would benefit greatly from the quick read "in defense of food" by Michael Pollan. I don't think I could recommend salt sugar fat as a worth while listen or read.
A reader from day 1 now a listener too! Remember honesty in a review does help you decide, even if you don't agree!
Scott Brick Narration of course, smoothly giving the info with the right tone and inflections.
no characters, unless you count the corporate 'think' exposed here, and the need to be vigilant in your purchasing choices!
yes.... but novel only, this was a first non-fiction listen for me, and again he is amazing!
Even the corporate bigwigs won't buy their own stuff for their families..... seriously!
A lot of info, and even if you only absorb a small amount, it will be a beneficial listen! I can see a second listen in my future on this one.....
this is a good book to listen to. I think if I had read it, I wouldn't have finished.
While reading it I began to realize how much I was giving in to the food companies and learning their ploys made me angry. It seems like I am being used and tricked for their own profit. When I eat processed food, I and my taste buds are being manipulated.
I know that sounds extreme, but I am so glad this book was written. Change needs to happen. I care about my family too much to sink to these levels of consuming unhealthy food on a regular basis.
Moderation in all things.
I thought I had heard it all when it comes to food and nutrition. I was wrong. This book is incredible. Mind blowing & as addictive as chips! As each chapter ends you'll find yourself ravenous to bite into the next. Shockingly amazing. Every minute the book isn't in your life is a disservice to yourself & your loved ones.
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