Title: Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Author: Michael Moss
Narrator: Scott Brick
Genre: Nonfiction; Science
Audio: 14.6 hours
Publisher: Random House Audio
Source: Personal Collection
Book Rating: 4/5
Summary (from publisher):
Every year, the average American eats thirty-three pounds of cheese and seventy pounds of sugar. Every day, we ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt, double the recommended amount, almost none of which comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food, an industry that hauls in $1 trillion in annual sales. In Salt Sugar Fat, Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter Michael Moss shows how we ended up here. Featuring examples from Kraft, Coca-Cola, Lunchables, Frito-Lay, Nestlé, Oreos, Capri Sun, and many more, Moss’s explosive, empowering narrative is grounded in meticulous, eye-opening research. He takes us into labs where scientists calculate the “bliss point” of sugary beverages, unearths marketing techniques taken straight from tobacco company playbooks, and talks to concerned insiders who make startling confessions. Just as millions of “heavy users” are addicted to salt, sugar, and fat, so too are the companies that peddle them. You will never look at a nutrition label the same way again.
The food industry infuriates me. The foods that are unhealthy are cheapest and taste the best (at least until you get used to real food again). It’s easy to know that foods high in salt, sugar, or fat are bad to for you, but it’s almost impossible to stay away from them. Moss shows us the science behind our addiction and how the processed food industry has taken advantage of it, to our disadvantage.
This book only increased my disdain for the food industry, but I think it is important for us to understand why we are addicted to these unhealthy “foods.” I would definitely recommend this one if you want to know what you’re really eating and why.
Also, don’t buy your kid lunchables. Just don’t.
I’m not even going to pretend to remember what the audio production was like at this point. But it must not have been awful.
This sounds like it would be worth reading.
I remember the narration being pretty solidly good and being super disgusted by the lunchables part, although I don’t really remember why.
Wonderful review, Michelle. I think this is an important book alongwith Jonathan Safran Foer’s one and probably should be read by everyone. I used to love foods high on sugar, salt and fat. But luckily at some point I turned around. Now, no sugar for me (except for chocolates which I totally adore and sometimes can’t resist for days and weeks), and only low salt and low fat. I occasionally like fried stuff and have french fries, but that is about it. It definitely is better to have ‘real food’ as you have described it.