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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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    loved this book! totally non-judgmental and informative. great history behind the food industry. loved it!

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    thoroughly researched, awesome and frightening insights on the processed food industry and our complicit government. really drives home the point that you have to look out for yourself.

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    I've been a label reader for years since I have food sensitivities, but I didn't realize the lengths to which food manufacturers, like the tobacco industry, have gone to addict us to foods that are best for their bottom line. A must read, good for a group who can discuss and disseminate the information.

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    This is one of the best gifts you can give to your love ones. Truly eye opening and I am grateful for the extensive researches the author did.

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    David Wagstaff Philadelphia, PA USA 07-27-17
    David Wagstaff Philadelphia, PA USA 07-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    Very informative. Lots of specific facts presented in an interesting almost humorous way it was very easy to understand and compelling.

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    derrick 06-30-17
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    "This has opened my eyes"

    Everyone person that's is living should look into getting this book, it is amazing and very informative. From the knowledge that I have gained from this book I will definitely try to end my addiction to food. WE ARE FOOD JUNKIES!

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    Well researched and presented. Explains the science and strategy of why processed foods are the way they are. Buyer (eaters) beware!

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    "Good Info"

    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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    "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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    "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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