Book Club: Initial thoughts on Salt, Sugar, Fat

I’m a little way into the book I bought a few weeks ago, Michael Moss’s Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. The introduction shows us the heads of massive food corporations, in a closed-door meeting where a vice president of Kraft presented information about the childhood obesity epidemic. While acknowledging responsibility for the problem, the companies’ economic competitiveness outweighed their concern about their “users.”

The first chapter of the first section (Sugar) deals with the targeting of children and adolescents, whose preference for sweet is at a much higher level than that of adults. One researcher accuses the food giants of exploiting the biology of children with highly sweet—and salty—products. What do you think about this? Leave your thoughts in the comments section!

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Book Club: Salt, Sugar, Fat

Recently, a “Fresh Air” episode featured Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss, author of the book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. His writings explore the methods food manufacturers employ to ensure strong sales—methods that may be fueling the obesity epidemic. Moss spoke with hundreds of food-industry experts in his research, many of whom were eager to share information and regretted the effects their companies’ profitability has had on the bottom lines of millions of eager consumers (“heavy users” is the term they use for their customers). Are you interested in reading this book? I am going to order it today and will give you my thoughts in future posts.