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Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us (2013)

by Michael Moss

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This is a deeply interesting book about how, in order to maximise profits our food has been tailored to be as close to addictive as makes little or no difference and this has caused huge problems with health and other issues. There are also huge problems with research on nutrition and food being mostly conducted or supported by big food conglomerates, making it difficult to get research that is for the well-being of people and not the well-being of a corporation.

It made me think a lot about the foods I eat and how I should help myself. It asks more questions than it answers and one of the most interesting things he does is talk about the diets of some of the executives and senior scientists. ( )
  wyvernfriend | May 27, 2015 |
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This book basically makes it impossible to go to the grocery store without rethinking everything you've ever bought. I mean, I never thought processed food was good for me, but I don't think I realized how bad it is either. I certainly didn't realize how manipulating most food companies are or how interconnected they have become over time. To be honest, it paints a rather bleak picture for consumers. We lead these fast paced lives and these companies have cashed in on our lifestyles. The take away, I think, is to be informed and to continue making these food companies be more transparent in what they offer consumers.

As for the book itself, it's structured into three parts - sugar, fat and salt. I appreciated this approach because it let him focus on what each ingredient truly does to processed food. While a little dry and repetitive in places, it was well researched and the author did not interject himself into the narrative very much. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to know a little bit more about where their food comes from.

BTW: I never received my 2012 Early Reviewer copy of this book. I checked the book out via my library and reviewed it in 2015. ( )
  rosylibrarian | Mar 5, 2015 |
Everyone who is at all concerned about their health and how processed foods contribute to our current health crisis should read this book. It is a real eye opener and I hope it makes us all wiser in the choices we make in the grocery stores of America ( )
  4daisies | Jan 24, 2015 |
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  activelearning | Dec 27, 2014 |
This is a must read for anyone concerned about their health and diet. ( )
  DaphneH | Dec 1, 2014 |
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There is a certain enlightened segment of America that relishes a good gastro-scolding, whether delivered gently by a Michael Pollan (“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants”) or more vituperatively by a Mark Bittman (“In the time it takes to go into a McDonald’s, stand in line, order, wait, pay and leave, you could make oatmeal for four while taking your vitamins, brushing your teeth and half-unloading the dishwasher”). But there is a much larger segment of America whose members heedlessly eat processed foods that make them overweight and unwell. Michael Moss, a dogged investigative reporter who neither scolds nor proselytizes, is here for them.
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The first thing to know about sugar is this: Our bodies are hard-wired for sweets.
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The author explores his theory that the food industry's used three essential ingredients to control much of the world's diet.

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