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Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us By Michael Moss Salt Sugar Fat How the Food Giants Hooked Us Every year the average American eats pounds of cheese and pounds of sugar They ingest milligrams of salt a day double the recommended amount almost none of which comes from salt shakers
  • Title: Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
  • Author: Michael Moss
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  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us By Michael Moss
    Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us By Michael Moss 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 howEvery 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, Nestl , Oreos, Cargill, Capri Sun, and many 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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      Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name Michael Moss was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2010 and was a finalist for the prize in 2006 and 1999 He is also the recipient of a Loeb Award and an Overseas Press Club citation Before coming to The New York Times, he was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution He has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Journalism and currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons.

    294 thoughts on “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • I can honestly say I am one of the first people on the planet to have eaten a Chicken Mc Nugget This is my dad a few years backHe is a mechanical engineer and a total genius Before I was born my dad had to find a job to support his family they already had my older sister My parents wanted to stay near family, so dad started looking around in the Sandusky Ohio area He got two job offers, one with NASA yes SA and one with Stein Associates, a brand new company that saw the need for mass food produc [...]


    • Probably like most of you, I thought Michael Moss s Salt, Sugar, Fat would be about how these ingredients are not good for us, how to eliminate them from our diets, and perhaps a few recipes to get us started I was wrong This book is far fascinating than that It s a well written, in depth look at the food industry, and how the products we all know came into being and developed over the years It names companies like Kellogg s, Kraft, Campbell s and the soft drink giants that produce Coke, Pepsi, [...]


    • I ve read a number of books on food and the food industry What to Eat, In Defense of Food An Eater s Manifesto this is one of my favorites Rather than vilifying the food industry en masse, the author takes the time to understand the point of view of industry insiders, especially the scientists that craft our processed food These people do not come across as evil or uncaring, but just highly motivated to do their jobs well for reasons of personal pride, loyalty to their companies, and fierce comp [...]


    • Although technically a business history, you may think of this book as a dietary guide very quickly.This is a very accessible and detailed history of food conglomerates over the past fifty years, and what they have done to increase their production and sales This also details the rise of processed food and convenience meals What sorts of things have they created Lunchables, sold on convenience and giving kids independence Caprisun Tang, with just enough Vitamin C to be advertised as nutritious G [...]


    • Cynical people it s worse than you can even imagine Privacy infringements, systematic exploitation of children and African Americans, government corruption, and a willful disregard of consumers health Moss s three and a half years of investigative reporting for Salt Sugar Fat were well worth the effort, though his writing isn t concise, and boring when it came to describing the careers of food scientists he clearly admires, the points he makes are startling and incredibly important Although Amer [...]


    • This book has me torn It does have a lot of in depth research and it makes a lot of interesting points But, it demonizes some businesses and foods that I don t necessarily feel deserve it I love food and I know some of it is bad for me just like when I used to smoke I knew it was bad for me the whole time But, it was my choice and I was not kidding myself that I was doing my body justice I like fast food and junk food, but I try and eat it in moderation and I exercise when I can I know that the [...]


    • Once you read this book a trip to the grocery store will never be the same You will watch your fellow shoppers walk around the store an pick up items like mindless creatures like your the only one who knows whats really going on, kind of like in the film They Live The section on fat is mostly about Phillip Morris s acquisition and then spin off Kraft Foods As the author talks about the various executives, marketers, and product developers I can t help but think of the characters in Mad Men since [...]


    • Several years ago I developed a candida infection my doctor urged me to give up all sugar products for at least three months.Easier said than done It didn t take me long to realize that nearly everything in the grocery aisles contained sugar And now I know why.Michael Moss, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter, has written a brilliant book that doesn t scold, lecture, or patronize Rather, it reveals the reasons why one out of four American children are at risk for diabetes and why hig [...]


    • A fascinating in depth and well researched look at the processed food industry I recommend this for anyone who buys food at a grocery or convenience store aka everyone I read this book hoping to learn about processed foods and how to avoid them, and I definitely got what I was looking for Before reading this I was trying to avoid processed foods, and this book has helped increase that resolve, as well as educated me on how to do it It is absolutely amazing and frightening how many processed fo [...]


    • Where I got the book my local library.Food is weird At least, it is nowadays Humans like variety variety in food makes them eat Put science and industry at the service of variety, and you get Be still my British heart.There are tens of thousands of different products in the average grocery store One thing I learned from this fascinating book is that a successful strategy to increase sales is by line extensions, where, for example, you take a bestselling product like Oreos and come up with varia [...]


    • NO SPOILERS By now it s pretty much common knowledge that processed food is horrible for one s health Salt, Sugar, Fat goes into that, but what author Michael Moss was really concerned with were the inner workings of the processed food industry and how it s lured and fooled consumers Salt, Sugar, Fat is part business history and part science It s also a warning and gigantic wake up call The industry is smarter than the consumer It knows humans are wired to love sugar and fat from birth It knows [...]


    • There is now obesity around the world than ever, and it all can be best blamed on these three things salt, sugar and fat Each of them is tackled separately in this book The book is US centric, yet it s quite easy to apply to other countries, some through brands that are international Coca Cola and such , and some through country centric versions Plus there are of course all those fast food chains This book talks about the food companies, how they put profit before health some a bit reluctantly [...]


    • In a nutshell the food industry cares about money than human health and well being.Not in a nutshell in his detailed and well written book Salt Sugar Fat, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Michael Moss shows how the food industry has hooked Americans on salt, sugar, and fat He exposes how scientists calculate the bliss point of sugar to seduce consumers into craving , how companies reconfigure the chemical structure of fat to enhance its taste, and how the industry incorporates salt into a massiv [...]


    • We rarely get in the situation where our body and brain are depleted of nutrients and are actually in need of replenishment Rather, he discovered, we are driven to eat by other forces in our lives Some of these are emotional needs, while others reflect the pillars of processed food first and foremost taste, followed by aroma, appearance, and texture If you eat food, you should read this book Sugar Salt Fat How the Food Giants Hooked Us caused a very conflicted reaction in me, because although Am [...]


    • The Hook Salt, Sugar, Fat How the Food Giants Hook Us has been on my radar since its publication Since my retirement my eating habits have slipped Fortunately I haven t gained any weight and my blood pressure and cholesterol levels remain stable I felt it was time to take my daily diet back No better place to start than here The Line Like potato chips that you can t resist, it s hard to choose one line that stands out when there s so much to choose from Salt, sugar, and fat are the foundation of [...]


    • This is one of those Rorschach books, with parts that will resonate differently with you depending on your prior views of the processed food industry Looking around at reviews of this book, I found basically two different reactions to Moss research and analysis, both pro and anti industry I ll go over both of them, because, to paraphrase Trotsky, you may not be interested in the food industry, but it is very interested in you, and an accurate understanding of what it does and how it works is ess [...]


    • Go into a typical American grocery store, and you won t find that they stock much food The real food lines the edges produce, meat and seafood, dairy If you want real food that was produced locally and sustainably, with care paid to proper animal husbandry practices, you re probably out of luck entirely The interior of the store is filled with food products mostly nutrient poor corn and soy based foods engineered to make you keep reaching for just one These products are heavily marketed towards [...]


    • I received this book as a giveaway I thought this book was amazing I consider myself to be a fairly healthy eater I like fruits and vegetables and try to stay away from too much processed food However, after reading this book I have even of a commitment from staying away from any food that was developed in a laboratory The author is not preachy He is not advocating for a certain diet I have been turned off by other authors such as Michael Pollan who seem to be pushing eating rules on people tha [...]


    • Wow, wow, wow I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book I feel I have been forcing this book into conversations I ve had with people all week I literally cannot shut up about it It is one of the most interesting, engaging non fiction books I ve read in years Ever wonder how Coke and Pepsi came to be enemies How a grocery store is strategically designed to pray on innocent shoppers How General Foods literally put their own people in Home Ec classes around America to promote convenience [...]


    • This book does not vilify food manufacturers, nor does it make excuses for them what it does is make one realize what one is up against every time one enters a grocery or convenience store or looks at a vending machine In sections devoted to the role of salt and sodium , sugar and fat in processed foods, Moss lays out the series of techniques that food scientists, advertisers, package designers, financial officers and sellers use to discover, shape and give consumers exactly what they want Moss [...]


    • The first thing I want to say about Salt Sugar Fat is that it felt like it was rushed to market, and that a little time spent editing it would have made it a better book At least my Kindle edition is riddled with grammatical errors and typos at least one of which is pretty significant a reference to congenital heart failure rather than congestive heart failure, which is clearly what the author meant The narrative is frustratingly repetitive, and we are introduced to several characters and event [...]


    • Salt, Sugar, Fat the book that is is a healthy read about the unhealthy industry of processed foods Although a little long winded at times the only reason for the 4 star rating, otherwise it would have received a 5 star rating this book will be a healthy addition to your diet.In my home I work really hard to make as much as possible from scratch, but I also work full time and feel like I am literally going out of my mind trying to keep up at times This book reinforces the importance of not relyi [...]


    • Now that I m finished with the Sugar section I m going to take a breather to process no pun intended what I ve read I d recommend this book to EVERYONE It s not a diet book Not a how to eat healthy book It s about the history of the processed food marketing business Obviously most people know that much of the processed food we eat is not the healthiest choice, but for convenience and taste we use it What is very eye opening to me is that those companies know exactly what they are doing and the [...]


    • I fully admit to finishing this book with a bag of potato chips in my hands But I checked the ingredient list and limited myself to one serving Thank you, Michael Moss, for a riveting, illuminating, horrifying, scandalous read It s been a long time since I looked at a Hot Pocket, but I ll certainly never look at one the same way again over 100 ingredients listed in the calzoneum, what A fascinating look at genius marketing tactics, the pressures of Wall Street, the processed food industry corpor [...]


    • This was an absolutely fascinating read There are many books on the state of our food supply, and many of them are equally interesting, but what differentiates this one from the rest of the pack is that it uses this Pulitzer prizewinning investigative reporter s skills to present a history of processed food in America Michael Moss has gone deep , digging up sources from the big food processors, making freedom of information requests from the government and he has found an amazing story Not only [...]


    • Engineering an obesity epidemic How would you react if I told you it wasn t your fault you re fat Not entirely, anyway Not the way that the medical profession or society at large would have you believe.At least part of your spare tire and the cause of the obesity epidemic generally is because the processed food industry has engineered it for their own needs That is the central theme of Salt, Sugar, Fat How the Food Giants Hooked Us This comprehensive look at the food industry by Michael Moss is [...]


    • I read the first third of the book, Sugar, and I just could not continue to put myself through this torture It takes a special writer to craft a piece of nonfiction that is not only informative, but engaging Michael Moss is not that author, at least not in this book It is evident that he did his research and spent a lot of time gathering his facts over the years, and that may be part of the problem He seemed so invested in the time he spent, that he included too much information in the book, and [...]


    • I recently saw a quote which apparently appeared on a sign in a movie Fast, good, cheap pick two If we re talking about food, I might paraphrase and say, Tasty, convenient, cheap, healthy Pick two three max Sadly, there doesn t seem to be a way to get all four Especially as our tastes and preferences are apparently being corrupted by food manufacturers who want us to crave their foods, obesity be damned.With doom forecasting books like Salt, Sugar, Fat you always have to worry about sensationali [...]


    • I have always thought my eating habits were, if not great, not really terrible either I don t drink pop, I rarely eat red meat, and I don t add much salt to my food Turns out I ve been wrong The yogurt I eat has just as much sugar as the ice cream it was meant to replace I replaced red meat with cheese, one of the worst offenders in the junk food catalogue, according to author, Michael Moss and not adding salt to my food, in many cases, only means I m not adding insult to the injury of the alrea [...]


    • Very, very informative No Doritos for me even baked ones What shocked me the most was learning that fruit and yogurt bars, which I had been conned into thinking were healthy, have sugar and less fiber than Oreos They got me


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