- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: WH Allen (2 Jan. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753541475
- ISBN-13: 978-0753541470
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us Paperback – 2 Jan 2014
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"Michael Moss has brilliantly exposed the systematic venality of Big Food. This book will confirm all your worst suspicions about the lengths big food companies go to to keep us hooked on junk." (Joanna Blythman, bestselling author of Shopped and Bad Food Britain)
"What happens when one of the country’s great investigative reporters infiltrates the most disastrous cartel of modern times: a processed food industry that’s making a fortune by slowly poisoning an unwitting population? You get this terrific, powerfully written book, jammed with startling disclosures, jaw-dropping confessions and, importantly, the charting of a path to a better, healthier future. This book should be read by anyone who tears a shiny wrapper and opens wide. That’s all of us." (Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President)
"A mouth-watering, gut-wrenching look at the food we hate to love" (Publishers Weekly)
"A shocking, galvanising manifesto against the corporations manipulating nutrition to fatten their bottom line―one of the most important books of the year" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
"In this meticulously researched book, Michael Moss tells the chilling story of how the food giants have seduced everyone in this country. He 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)
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It is cock full of gems like:
Finland reduced it's salt intake by one third and reduced deaths from strokes and heart disease by 80% (p302).
The USDA recomends that 7 % of calories come from FAT; the US ave is 12%. (p155)
Manufactures of process foods have been creating a desire for salt where none existed before" (p279)
But it is even more than just facts; it is interesting and at points fascinating enough to make it an enjoyable read. I read this book in the same time that I spend on a similar sized thriller.
Finally: Did you know that: "Every 1.7 box of processed meats consumed per day increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 21% ? See page 230
It is well researched. Not a massive surprise to hear about what the giant food companies have been up to but very interesting to read the facts nonetheless.
How much is a gram of sugar? I no longer buy a well known brand due to reading this, 19 grams of sugar in a 6 ounce container with fruit? I'd rather have the brownie.
Read this and think about it. The next time you see one of those big gulp things, with so much sugar it overwhelmed my measuring cup when I was spooning the sugar in it to see how much sugar is in a drink.
The cynical way in which large multinationals manipulate the food we and our children are eating is laid bare and if anything is to encourage a more healthy eating lifestyle (and a longer, leaner life too) it is books such as this. As a committed foodie with a passion for home cooking and a dislike of heavily processed slop I would heartily recommend this book to parents and non parents alike.
Understanding the "Salt, Sugar, Fat" issues today can have a direct impact on your health tomorrow. Read it.
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