By Michael Moss
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#1 NEW YORK instances BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE JAMES BEARD origin AWARD FOR WRITING AND LITERATURE
Every 12 months, the typical American eats thirty-three kilos of cheese and seventy kilos of sugar. on a daily basis, we ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt, double the prompt volume, virtually none of which comes from the shakers on our desk. It comes from processed meals, an that hauls in $1 trillion in annual revenues. In Salt Sugar fats, Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter Michael Moss exhibits how we ended up the following. that includes examples from Kraft, Coca-Cola, Lunchables, Frito-Lay, Nestlé, Oreos, Capri sunlight, and lots of extra, Moss’s explosive, empowering narrative is grounded in meticulous, eye-opening learn. he's taking us into labs the place scientists calculate the “bliss aspect” of sugary drinks, reveals advertising ideas taken directly from tobacco corporation playbooks, and talks to involved insiders who make startling confessions. simply as thousands of “heavy clients” are hooked on salt, sugar, and fats, so too are the firms that peddle them. you are going to by no means examine a meals label an analogous manner again.
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“[Michael] Moss has written a Fast nutrition Nation for the processed foodstuff undefined. Burrowing deep contained in the large foodstuff brands, he came across how junk nutrition is formulated to make us devour extra of it and, he argues persuasively, really to addict us.”—Michael Pollan
“If you had any doubt as to the meals industry’s complicity in our weight problems epidemic, it is going to evaporate if you happen to learn this book.”—The Washington Post
“Vital examining for the discerning meals consumer.”—The Wall road Journal
“The chilling tale of ways the foodstuff giants have seduced everybody during this state . . . Michael Moss knows an important and terrifying fact: that we're not simply consuming quick nutrients once we succumb to the siren tune of sugar, fats, and salt. we're essentially altering our lives—and the realm round us.”—Alice Waters
“Propulsively written [and] persuasively argued . . . an exactingly researched, deeply suggested paintings of advocacy journalism.”—The Boston Globe
“A impressive accomplishment.”—The manhattan Times Book Review
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