Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a story about addiction and greed. It's the story of how Americans (and inevitably the rest of the world) became unwitting pawns in the never-ending corporate quest for profits. It's about much more than how salt, sugar, and fat have been manipulated to make food more addicting. If you've ever looked around and asked yourself, 'how have we become so sick?', the answers can be found between the pages of this book.
It's very well written and thoroughly researched, laying bare a lot of insider knowledge regarding exactly how processed food products have been invented and marketed to consumers. This can be a very empowering read for those who are still unaware of the harmful nature of much of what is sold to consumers as food. It can help one to take a closer, more critical look at the things that have become second nature and even ritualistic, from the foods that we choose to eat, to the frequent, mindless ways we've come to consume them.
It's quite a shame that in spite of the damning nature of much of the information contained in this book, not much has changed. However, in the continued fight towards educating and empowering consumers to wrest back control of their nutrition and ultimately their health, this book is a powerful resource.
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Niv Mullings is a writer, poet, and plant-based health coach hailing from The Boogie Down Bronx.