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Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us Paperback – February 18, 2014
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1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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 Nestle 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 A remarkable accomplishment The New York Times Book Review 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 An exactingly researched deeply reported work of advocacy journalism The Boston Globe NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Atlantic The Huffington Post Men s Journal MSN U K Kirkus Reviews Publishers Weekly 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION AWARD FOR WRITING AND LITERATURE Every year the ave
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I have become concerned with my health over the past 5 years, since I got married, and my overall diet went from lentils and brown rice day in, day out, to cardboard boxes, plastic packaging, fast food, restaurants, take out, microwaves, lunch meats, cheese galore, cookies, candy bars, etc. etc. After being in and out of over 7 different specialists' offices and surgical suites in the years since this S.A.D. under-haul with various severe ailments from gastrointestinal to gynecological, I have began taking back control of my health. This book has been somewhat of a nail in the coffin in those regards.
Basically, I learned to stop feeding myself lies. After reading this book, I can see blatant lies and misleading claims all throughout the grocery store. Meaning advertising on signs and boxes - all bright and colorful to lure you and your children with willynilly health claims based on a minute shred of evidence from a biased Nabisco or General Mills 'investigation.' etc. "Contains real fruit juice" means nothing. "100% natural" is meaningless and any person can put that on ANY product whether it's true or not. Stop giving your kids Capri Sun and sweetened 'fruit juices.' You owe it to them to educate yourself so they have a shot at a long and healthy life without being shot in the foot by their parents during their formative years. Really. Take some responsibility. Don't even get me started on Lunchables! One of the downfalls of our modern day society. "It's like I'm sending my kid to school with a present so he knows I love him! Tee Hee!" Yeah, well enjoy your child having plaque in his arteries by age ten. I digress.
Keep this in mind the next time you go shopping: Lead paint tastes sweet, but that doesn't mean you should eat it!!
I bet a lot of people would be surprised to know that Betty Crocker is a figment of an ad execs imagination. Not real, not in the least. Don't fall for her lies about Crisco and making life easier by NOT cooking dinner and having more TV time in the evenings. This is how we went off the rails, and the U.S. government was a huge promoter of that. Nearly everyone knows the U.S. is in cahoots with the sugar industry, the beef industry, the dairy industry, and so on and so forth. Essentially, anything that is bad or unnecessary for us is shoved in our faces by the DOA (Eat more beef and cheese!), by the huge conglomerates themselves, and, as another surprising example, by Philip Morris; a tobacco company who actually owns several of the biggest "food" production companies around.
Quick - what's the overall biggest contributor of saturated fat in the American diet? Cheese! And then Beef! Whoo hoo! Oh, er...wait....heart disease is our nation's #1 killer.... and the government wants us to eat more.. cheese? Oy.
Anyway - Great book. I highly recommend to anyone without a clue. It might clear some things up. I apologize for being snarky. It's just that.. you know. Insurance rates. Crowded hospitals. Less room in your airplane seat when sitting next to someone due to size. Others' actions impact everyone else and no one considers their fellow-person anymore. Sigh.
My life changed for the better as a result of reading this book and The End of Overeating. I had always eaten in a fairly balanced and healthy way. Even so, I cook more, eat out less, munch on way more fruits and vegetables and eat a lot less processed food.