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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©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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    Hannah 05-28-17
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    Loved the narration; very clear, very well done.
    The writing style was factual and easy to follow, no superfluous review, lots of information, everything was laid out in a logical fashion.
    I had trouble getting right to the end as it is (seemed to me!) fairly long, but it was well worth it!
    I recommend this read :)

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    Carolyn Farmer Evansville, IN 05-24-17
    Carolyn Farmer Evansville, IN 05-24-17 Member Since 2015

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Salt Sugar Fat to be better than the print version?

    I like audiobooks better, but I have not seen the print book.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    How unhealthy we are and how we just pick up processed food at the store and don't think anything about the ingredients. And just how much salt is in all of it, and how addicted we all are to salt.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    His narration was amazing.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Not just a tidbit - the whole. I've cut out almost all sugar and have cut down on fat and salt. My health has improved.


    Any additional comments?

    This book not only explains the sugar, salt and fat problem we have in our society but how you can implement changes in your own life to improve your health by eating the right foods.

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    RobbiejoelovesJesus 05-12-17
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    "Recommended read for families."

    This book takes the lid of the secrets of the food AND advertising industries. it tells a very compelling story of why there is a run of obesity and unhealthy eating habits in our society. This is a must-read for parents trying to raise children as well as those seeking to get a firm hold on why there is difficulty in breaking the chain of poor eating, shopping and nutrition.

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    frikinsw33t 04-27-17
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    "Fascinating"

    This was such a comprehensive and interesting report on the intricacies of the food industry. The reader is one of my favorites on audible. Also, the writing is captivating and allows this report to be read like a story.

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    Casey B Finnigan 04-27-17
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    "I am aghast."

    Wonderful. Terrible. Eye-opening. Informative. Horrifying. Educational. Shocking. Ultimately, this book needs to become required reading among high school and college students.

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    Amazon Customer 04-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "You'll never look at a box of cereal the same again."

    The information in the book is either stuff you've heard about or stuff you know. What will surprise you is the lengths that big food goes to in order to secure their profits.

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    Graham B. 04-11-17
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    "Science, History, and Marketing."

    An interesting look at how the food industry got to where it is today through marketing and science.

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    Ronald R. Weiland Raleigh, NC USA 03-31-17
    Ronald R. Weiland Raleigh, NC USA 03-31-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Money over Health"

    Story's told by the author hold your interest well and the "wake up message", is clear. Only you and your family can learn to eat better. The processors and distribstors of what is called food have too much money at stake.

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    "Should be mandatory reading in public schools"
    Would you listen to Salt Sugar Fat again? Why?

    Yes but over a period of time. It drags a bit.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The horrific outcomes of the food industry and how enslaved our society has become. Unbelievable stories, i.e., sell smaller bottles of Coke to depressed economies that don't even have reliable running water.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to list. How the school lunch programs are killing our kids an expanding the diabetic epidemic.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't Put That in Your Mouth!


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    "should be standard reading material for med school"

    greatly enjoyed it. Plan to purchase the paper version as well. offered excellent insight to American food production, evolution, marketing, and consumption psychology.

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