Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss
How the Food Giants Hooked Us

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Maybe one day these processed foods will come with the same sort of scary warning labels we see on tobacco products. Until then, it’s up to us not to dig our own graves with our teeth, Moss argues in this brilliant tour d’horizon of the ways processed foods are perfected before they come to market.
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION AWARD FOR WRITING AND LITERATURE

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.
 
Praise for Salt Sugar Fat
 
“[Michael] Moss has written a Fast Food Nation for the processed food industry. Burrowing deep inside the big food manufacturers, he discovered how junk food is formulated to make us eat more of it and, he argues persuasively, actually to addict us.”—Michael Pollan
 
“If you had any doubt as to the food industry’s complicity in our obesity epidemic, it will evaporate when you read this book.”—The Washington Post
 
“Vital reading for the discerning food consumer.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
“The chilling story of how the food giants have seduced everyone in this country . . . Michael Moss understands a vital and terrifying truth: that we are not just eating fast food when we succumb to the siren song of sugar, fat, and salt. We are fundamentally changing our lives—and the world around us.”—Alice Waters
 
“Propulsively written [and] persuasively argued . . . an exactingly researched, deeply reported work of advocacy journalism.”—The Boston Globe

“A remarkable accomplishment.”—The New York Times Book Review


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About Michael Moss

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Michael Moss was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2010, and was a finalist for the prize in 1999 and 2006. 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 lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons.
 
Published February 26, 2013 by Random House. 480 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Scott Mowbray on Mar 17 2013

Mr. Moss’s book is a little like a plate of processed cheese: fresh, in its way, but behind the culinary curve.

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Reviewed by David Kamp on Mar 15 2013

...“Salt Sugar Fat” continues Moss’s hot streak of ace reportage, chronicling the insidious ways in which big food companies, over time, have sneaked more and more of the bad stuff into our diets...

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Reviewed by Joanna Blythman on Feb 24 2013

...this failure to draw a distinction between processed junk and natural food is the flaw that runs through this book and weakens its otherwise worthwhile attack. .

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Reviewed by Michael Levin on Jan 08 2014

Maybe one day these processed foods will come with the same sort of scary warning labels we see on tobacco products. Until then, it’s up to us not to dig our own graves with our teeth, Moss argues in this brilliant tour d’horizon of the ways processed foods are perfected before they come to market.

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Reviewed by Ellen Wernecke on Apr 15 2013

Salt Sugar Fat’s debunking of campaigns around products like Lunchables and Frosted Mini-Wheats are fairly obvious...

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