According to Michael Moss, the Pulitzer prizing-winning reporter and author of the new book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, executives at the major food behemoths – Kraft, General Mills and Nestle – have known for years that the sugar, salt and fat added to their cereals, soups, tomato sauces and hundreds of other food products have put millions of individuals’ health at risk.
But the quest for bigger profits and a larger share of the consumer market has compelled the processed food industry to turn a blind eye to the dangers and consequences of eating those very products.
Moss’ book exposes the inner workings of the food industry and details how these food giants spend millions of dollars to make the food we eat more addictive. After reading his book, which took Moss four years to write and report, one may never want to consume another Cheez-It cracker or Lunchable again.
Graphic courtesy of the Institute of Food Technologists
How do the food giants trick consumers? Moss gives several examples:
- ‘Salt Sugar Fat': The seductive powers of processed foods (macleans.ca)
- The five stages of Paleo Grief (cavemanpapa.wordpress.com)
- Consumers Will Soon Have Devices In Their Hands To Detect GMO and Toxic Foods (spiritandanimal.wordpress.com)
- What I am Reading Now (cookingwiththebookclub.wordpress.com)
- Reading list: Salt Sugar Fat – Do companies have an obligation to produce more healthy foods? (acousticallydelicious.wordpress.com)
- Millions protest genetically modified food, Monsanto, organizers say (thelead.blogs.cnn.com)
- Thursday Book Recommendation: “Salt Sugar Fat” by Michael Moss (lowdramamama.wordpress.com)
- Novel Processing approaches for the development of food products Low in fAt, Salt and sUgar (cordis.europa.eu)
- It’s Not Your Fault Entirely (sheslosingit.net)
- Salt Sugar Fat – How the Food Giants Hooked Us (hrexach.wordpress.com)