Salt, sugar, fat: how the food giants hooked us

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Accelerated Reader:
IL: UG - BL: 10.2 - AR Pts: 26
Description
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 LITERATUREFrom a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at The New York Times comes the explosive story of the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the emerging obesity epidemic. Michael Moss reveals how companies use salt, sugar, and fat to addict us and, more important, how we can fight back.  In the spring of 1999 the heads of the world's largest processed food companies--from Coca-Cola to Nabisco--gathered at Pillsbury headquarters in Minneapolis for a secret meeting. On the agenda: the emerging epidemic of obesity, and what to do about it.  Increasingly, the salt-, sugar-, and fat-laden foods these companies produced were being linked to obesity, and a concerned Kraft executive took the stage to issue a warning: There would be a day of reckoning unless changes were made. This executive then launched into a damning PowerPoint presentation--114 slides in all--making the case that processed food companies could not afford to sit by, idle, as children grew sick and class-action lawyers lurked. To deny the problem, he said, is to court disaster.  When he was done, the most powerful person in the room--the CEO of General Mills--stood up to speak, clearly annoyed. And by the time he sat down, the meeting was over.  Since that day, with the industry in pursuit of its win-at-all-costs strategy, the situation has only grown more dire. Every year, the average American eats thirty-three pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and seventy pounds of sugar (about twenty-two teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It's no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese. It's no wonder that twenty-six million Americans have diabetes, the processed food industry in the U.S. accounts for $1 trillion a year in sales, and the total economic cost of this health crisis is approaching $300 billion a year.  In Salt Sugar Fat, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Michael Moss shows how we got here. Featuring examples from some of the most recognizable (and profitable) companies and brands of the last half century--including Kraft, Coca-Cola, Lunchables, Kellogg, Nestlé, Oreos, Cargill, Capri Sun, and many more--Moss's explosive, empowering narrative is grounded in meticulous, often eye-opening research.  Moss takes us inside the labs where food scientists use cutting-edge technology to calculate the "bliss point" of sugary beverages or enhance the "mouthfeel" of fat by manipulating its chemical structure. He unearths marketing campaigns designed--in a technique adapted from tobacco companies--to redirect concerns about the health risks of their products: Dial back on one ingredient, pump up the other two, and tout the new line as "fat-free" or "low-salt." He talks to concerned executives who confess 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. Just as millions of "heavy users"--as the companies refer to their most ardent customers--are addicted to this seductive trio, so too are the companies that peddle them. You will never look at a nutrition label the same way again.From the Hardcover edition.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9780449808726
9780679604778
Accelerated Reader:
UG
Level 10.2, 26 Points
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Tagging
Tags:

No Tags, Be the first to tag this record!


Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work IDef4af79f-5c5f-264e-9a1e-f3d1f15cfbf0
Grouping Titlesalt sugar fat how the food giants hooked us
Grouping Authormichael moss
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2020-11-25 04:51:36AM
Last Indexed2020-11-25 05:06:30AM
Novelist Primary ISBNnone

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_levelUG
accelerated_reader_point_value26
accelerated_reader_reading_level10.2
authorMoss, Michael.
author2-role3M Company.
Baker & Taylor Axis 360.
author_displayMoss, Michael
detailed_location_addisonAxis 360
Online OverDrive Collection
display_descriptionNAMED 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 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
format_addisoneAudiobook
eBook
format_category_addisonAudio Books
eBook
eBooks
idef4af79f-5c5f-264e-9a1e-f3d1f15cfbf0
isbn9780449808726
9780679604778
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
overdrive:ddacce85-8d0f-4c3f-9bba-4dbbf72a91cd-1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook9falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive ReadAvailable Online
axis360:bk0012526603bk0012526603Axis 360Online Axis 360eAudiobookAudio Books1falsetrueAxis 360http://ereadil.axis360.baker-taylor.com/Title?itemid=0012526603Available OnlineAxis 360
external_econtent:ils:.b12553670Online1falsetrueCloud Libraryhttp://ebook.3m.com/library/AddisonPublicLibrary-document_id-29ker9Available Onlinead
axis360:bk0012110728bk0012110728Axis 360Online Axis 360eBookeBook1falsetrueAxis 360http://ereadil.axis360.baker-taylor.com/Title?itemid=0012110728Available OnlineAxis 360
itype_addisoneCollection
last_indexed2020-11-25T11:06:30.325Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_addisonOnline
owning_library_addisonAddison Public Library Online
primary_isbn9780449808726
publishDate2013
2017
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
overdrive:ddacce85-8d0f-4c3f-9bba-4dbbf72a91cdeBookeBookEnglishRandom House Publishing Group2013
axis360:bk0012526603eAudiobookAudio BooksUnabridged.EnglishRandom House Digital Dist, 2017.1 online resource
ils:.b12553670eBookeBooksEnglishRandom House Publishing Group, 2013.480 p.
external_econtent:ils:.b12553670eBookeBooksEnglishRandom House Publishing Group, 2013.480 p.
axis360:bk0012110728eBookeBookEnglishRandom House Digital, 2013.1 online resource
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_addison
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:ddacce85-8d0f-4c3f-9bba-4dbbf72a91cd-1Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsefalse
axis360:bk0012526603bk0012526603Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruefalsefalsefalsefalse
external_econtent:ils:.b12553670Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruefalsefalsefalsetrue
axis360:bk0012110728bk0012110728Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruefalsefalsefalsefalse
subject_facetBUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate & Business History
Corporate History
Corporate History -- BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Downloadable e-Books
Electronic books
Food habits -- Economic aspects
Food habits -- Economic aspects -- United States
Food industry and trade
Food industry and trade -- United States
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Healthy Living
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Holism
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Reference
HEALTH & FITNESS / Nutrition
MEDICAL -- Preventive Medicine
Nutrition
Nutrition -- Economic aspects
Nutrition -- Economic aspects -- United States
Nutrition -- HEALTH & FITNESS
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
Sociology
Sociology -- SOCIAL SCIENCE
United States
title_displaySalt, sugar, fat : how the food giants hooked us
title_fullSalt Sugar Fat : How the Food Giants Hooked Us Moss, Michael.
Salt Sugar Fat How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Salt Sugar Fat How the Food Giants Hooked Us [electronic resource] Moss, Michael.
Salt, sugar, fat : how the food giants hooked us / Michael Moss
title_shortSalt, sugar, fat
title_subhow the food giants hooked us
topic_facetBUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate & Business History
Business
Corporate History
Economic aspects
Food habits
Food industry and trade
HEALTH & FITNESS
HEALTH & FITNESS / Nutrition
Health & Fitness
Healthy Living
Holism
MEDICAL
Nonfiction
Nutrition
Preventive Medicine
Reference
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
Sociology