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Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us | [Michael Moss]

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

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.
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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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    Kenny 05-18-15
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    "I have always wondered…"

    How sad to finally realize that the common people have been duped into believing that the processed food is good for you and that the government, while trying to act the part of watchdog is culpable. Excellently written and very well researched. The parting words that we as consumers are ultimately responsible is well worth noting. It helps to be informed.

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    "Read this book!"

    A sobering, thought-provoking deep dive into the tactics used by the processed food industry to enslave us to their unhealthy, disease-promoting products. This book is a must read for anyone who cares about their health and the health of the people around them.

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    "Too much jumping arround"

    I believe over 90% of readers will not get through 50% of this book
    I made a point to listen to ALL of it, just information without any summaries and a lot of repeat with similar food items that should be kept in order and with more of the writers conclusions along the way
    Way too long without a punch or two :)

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    "This book is a must read on so many levels"

    This book was masterfully plotted the chapters are well organized and thought out, I'd buy anything this author writes because he's a master

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    "You will NEVER view FOOD the same"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Salt Sugar Fat to be better than the print version?

    I have the audio version and it works for me.


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

    Realizing that the Big Food Giants actually hire Chemist to alter the Salt, Sugar & Fat level of contents for the exact amount that will cause us to be addicted to our favorite foods. Wow!


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Great clarity.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read!

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    Yes I liked this book. Was aware of some of the philosophy in the newer formulations but felt I learned a lot more. Interesting.

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    James 03-21-15
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    "Great book!"

    Great book to understand processed foods. Opened my eyes to a lot of what the food industry giants do to make a profit.

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    L. Hershberger 03-20-15

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    "Fascinating, well-researched, habit-changing"

    I put off listening for a while, afraid the content would deprive me of pleasures. Instead, it made me rethink on my own behalf.

    I have severe food allergies, so I have already given up a lot of food ingredients. Salt, sugar and fats are still in my diet, though I have been making my own baked goods for about 7 years now.

    I do eat a few pre-made foods, usually purchased at healthy food marts or ethnic markets. I don't eat at any chain eateries. Even then, this book helps me see where my choices might be better yet.

    I'm very glad I listened to this.

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    "Wake up call!"

    Right up there with Fast Food Nation. Digs deep into the history that brought us where we are today. Love Scott Brick too.

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    A little dry at times, riddled with facts, but well worth the time taken to read or listen. You'll never see the grocery isle the same way again.

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