Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

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By (author) Michael Moss

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  • Publisher: W H Allen
  • Format: Hardback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 238mm x 36mm | 720g
  • Publication date: 28 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0753541459
  • ISBN 13: 9780753541456
  • Sales rank: 226,120

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The No.1 New York Times Bestseller. In China, for the first time, the people who weigh too much now outnumber those who weigh too little. In Mexico, the obesity rate has tripled in the past three decades. In the UK over 60 per cent of adults and 30 per cent of children are overweight, while the United States remains the most obese country in the world. We are hooked on salt, sugar and fat. These three simple ingredients are used by the major food companies to achieve the greatest allure for the lowest possible cost. Here, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Michael Moss exposes the practices of some of the most recognisable (and profitable) companies and brands of the last half century. He takes us inside the labs where food scientists use cutting-edge technology to calculate the 'bliss point' of sugary drinks. He unearths marketing campaigns designed - in a technique adapted from the tobacco industry - to redirect concerns about the health risks of their products, and reveals how the makers of processed foods have chosen, time and again, to increase consumption and profits, while gambling with our health. Are you ready for the truth about what's in your shopping basket?

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Michael Moss is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter with the investigations group of The New York Times.

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Michael Moss is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter with the investigations group of The New York Times.

Editorial reviews

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.