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You open a bag of chips intending to eat only a few handfuls. You find the chips tasting quite good, and a few handfuls turns into a few more. Just one more… o.k., last one… definitely the last one. A few minutes later you find yourself staring down at an empty bag. Then your stomach starts to hurt—then your heart. The guilt isn’t far behind. Who among us hasn’t experienced this at one time or another? This is junk food in a nutshell: it tastes great (practically irresistible) and is very convenient, but if you indulge too much (which sometimes seems all too easy), it’s not very good for you. All of this has an easy explanation, it’s right there on the label: impressive portions of salt, sugar and fat, the junk food trifecta. Each has its own appeal, and each is very inexpensive (which explains why it’s in our food), but over the years each has also been implicated in some of our most common and serious conditions and diseases, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Unfortunately, the junk food trifecta is not only popping up in our junk food, it is increasingly being featured in virtually all of the processed foods that we eat—from chips and soda, to canned food and prepared meals, to cake and ice-cream. And as salt, sugar and fat have become more common in the foods that we eat, the conditions and illnesses associated with their abuse have reached epidemic proportions. In his new book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us journalist Michael Moss takes us behind the labels and explores the history and practices of the processed food industry–a story that features the rise of salt, sugar and fat, and the deterioration of our health.Read more ›
The premise of this book can be summed up very simply. Food companies are creating products that while not intended to kills us, nevertheless are doing so. By using science and marketing (in some cases derived from research done by that purest of evils, cigarette companies) big foods can manipulate us into eating more and more of their products until we drop dead. While we think the government is trying to protect us from such evils, in fact most of the time the feds are helping and subsidizing the efforts of food companies to shove more and unhealthier food down our throats to line their pockets. I'd say that about covers it.
Michael Moss's definitive tome on food marketing is exhaustive, at times daunting and the best book on this topic I've read since "Fast Food Nation" so many years ago. Moss has covered the basics with a wealth of detail and reasoning that should be abundantly terrifying to those who find themselves putting frozen pizzas and Hot Pockets into their cart at the grocery store. He paints a picture that is stark and, sadly, a bit hopeless. While our author does spend a tiny bit of time on the efforts of food companies to stop killing us softly with salt, sugar and fat, he doesn't really seem to hold out much hope. He closes with a chunk on liquid foods designed for people after they have bariatric surgery. The image of people tube-feeding themselves from a plastic container is pretty haunting but that seems to be what we're coming to.
This book is wonderfully researched, eruditely and well written and I hope against hope that it's somehow unbalanced.Read more ›
The statistics are shocking. Americans, on average, exceed the daily recommended maximum of fat by more than 50%. Nearly one in four American adolescents may be on the verge of developing type 2 diabetes or already have it compared with one in ten in the 1990s. Fat has twice the number of calories as sugar. When Campbell soup attempted to reduce the sodium levels in their product from 700 to 800 milligrams per serving to 480, their stock dropped 5% on Wall Street. A 12 ounce can of Coke contains almost ten teaspoons of sugar. The job of these companies is to sell product at whatever the costs to the people's health. Hypertension caused by high salt content in foods has resulted in increased incidences of heart attacks and strokes. For anyone who eats, this book will fascinate and disturb.
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Surprisingly informative. You think you've heard all the facts on the internet or T.V. until you read this book. I swore off Salt and Sugar for months after reading this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tricia
In short, this is an engaging, enlightening and truly fabulous read! If you've ever battled and been beaten in efforts to cut or lower fast/ processed and other unhealthy foods... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Film_Femme
I find my self referencing this book often. Easy to read and an interesting look into the food business.Published 3 months ago by jennifer st george
This book really opens your eyes to the world of salt, sugar, and fat. Written in a clear and readable fashion I would highly recommend this book.Published 5 months ago by redwood
This book has changed my life. Michael Moss deserved the Pulitzer. Very well reached and so informative. It is a must for every mother out there. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Irene Conlon