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Salt, Sugar, Fat

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Since the 1950s convenience foods have ignited the processed food industry. In his new book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, Michael Moss says that the government has been the industry’s best friend and partner in encouraging Americans to become more dependent on processed foods. According to Moss, processed foods are engineered using addictive recipes and manipulated ingredients whose structures have been chemically-altered. He says processed foods are manipulated using weaponized salt sugar and fat ingredients including 40 varieties of restructured salt and with tobacco-industry like marketing campaigns aimed at various ethnic groups and children, products are poised to addict or as the industry prefers to say, appeal and allure.

This is the second in a three-part Big Food series for Letters & Politics, a syndicated public affairs radio show out of Pacifica’s west coast station, KPFA 94.1 FM. This series investigates how the processed food industry came to dominate the American plate to become a top industry earning over one trillion in annual sales. The series digs into America’s food labs, food habits and food policy to detail how America became hooked on processed food.

Author: ireneflorez

Bogotá-born, Oakland-based media bee.

One thought on “Salt, Sugar, Fat

  1. This is important work. Let’s start with “addiction” and define what it means. Education may be the only means, other than concerted action to which it should lead, to attenuate and remove the the threat. Can government be trusted to lead that movement? Why ask. Winning is done one mouth, one stomach at a time.

    Tj

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