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November 7, 2020 at 3:04 PM #12071Anthony LeidyGuest
Salt Sugar Fat
How the Food Giants Hooked Us
by Michael Moss
- Release date: February 26, 2013
- Author: Michael Moss
- Format: hardcover, 480 pages
- Publisher: Random House
- ISBN: 9781400069804 (1400069807)
- Awards: James Beard Foundation Book Award for Writing and Literature (2014), San Francisco Book Festival for General Nonfiction (2013), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Food & Cookbooks (2013)
- Genres: food, health, science, nutrition, business, history, cooking, politics
- Language: english
About The Book
Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese and 70 pounds of sugar. They ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, almost none of which comes from salt shakers. 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 this happened. 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. He goes inside the labs where food scientists use cutting-edge technology to calculate the “bliss point” of sugary beverages or enhance the “mouth feel” of fat by manipulating its chemical structure. He unearths marketing techniques taken straight from tobacco company playbooks to redirect concerns about the health risks of products. He talks to concerned executives who explain 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.
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