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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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    great book with loads of facts!! I think this should be read in schools so that we have an informed public in the future about what they are eating

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    "A primer for understanding the food industry!"

    This book allows you to see the motives behind these food companies in ways you would never imagine. I came away from this book seeing processed food for what it really is (without all the glitz and glamor). A necessity for anyone interested in the food that we eat.

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    "Very telling book that EVERY American should read"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Salt Sugar Fat?

    This is a very informative book, that exposes the food industries for what they are - money grubbers. Some of the information in this book I was aware of, but I learned quite a bit too! The big food companies do not care about your nutrition, they only care about making their food cheaply and just addicting enough to make you keep eating.


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    Amazon Customer atlanta, GA. United States 02-18-16 Member Since 2014

    I am man who likes to learn either by reading or listening. There are so many good books it is hard to pick just one. I love this site!

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    "great book"

    this book was full of excellent information and wonderful anecdotes. it was very interesting and easy to listen to. I myself listened to it twice and the second time was better than the first. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to know why they cannot stop eating something.

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    "Excellent book and great resource"

    I will listen to it again and again. Highly recommended it. If you want to improve your health you need to read this.

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    This book is very informative and will help you to change the way you eat.

    It's amazing what we DON'T know about the foods we eat!

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    "Fantastic"

    Great book! Well researched and highly recommended. Author interviews vast numbers of insiders in the food industry and come away with a complete view of processed food in the US

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would not only recommend it but suggest it.


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    Kept me very interested.


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    the truth behind the shelves


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    I am totally honored to have listened to the book. I loved it so much I am buying the paperback and give it as gifts.

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    If you are curious at all about what goes into your body you should ready this. We are drones and we can do so much more to make ourselves healthy.

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    "Information you need to know!"

    Maybe your eating habits haven't changed, but your food has. This is Lesson on how and why it has changed.

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