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)
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Gotta love Scott brick. In depth look into the world of the western diet and food products. Book can become slightly redundant but all for the more powerful punch to the gut. You'll never look at the grocery store again.
I enjoy many different genres, including historical fiction (especially WW2), thrillers & suspense, and any book recommended by a friend.
This book was a wonderful read. It wasn't about diets or fads, it was an account of how the food industry has formed and changed, going as far back as the 1800s. The content in this book was thought-provoking to allow one to come to their own conclusions regarding what they eat.
The author was able to get interviews from former and current employees of major food companies and really dived deep into the history of these companies, including how certain foods came to be created and the effect these foods have on the human body.
I love how this book is not based on opinion, but rather facts and real history.
Scott Brick was a great narrator, however, he speaks rather slowly. I increased the narration speed to 1.25 and it was perfect, making it easier to listen to without the pauses and slower narration.
I can't recommend this book enough for anyone who cares about what they put in their bodies and in what they feed their families.
This book was not boring in the least; it was absolutely intriguing.
I grew up craving and eating the same junk food as most kids: Coke, pizza, cookies, potato chips. Fortunately as I discovered healthy eating as an adult I ditched that garbage. I can't believe how easily I was hooked on these horrible dietary choices as a kid.
Excellent book. I cannot recommend it too highly if you want to learn about what the food industry does--in detail--not only now but get some history too. The author gives this information so it all makes sense. He does not use technical jargon. I learned more than I thought possible. Really need to listen to this book again as there is so much information.
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Thank you for this in-depth look at the manufactured food industry and it's affect on our bodies.
This is a well done piece of journalism that clearly shows what is happening behind the scenes with our food and encourages people to take their power of choice and use it. Recommended.
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