Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Book Review: Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss
Author: Michael Moss
Enjoyment Rating: ***
This book would be rated: PG
Don't trust prepared foods. They're full of fat, sugar, and salt. The people who work for these companies will stop at nothing to improve their profits, even if it comes at the expense of your health. That's basically what this book boils down to. And I don't think it's anything new to most educated Americans. We know that prepared foods are bad for us. We also know they taste good, they're inexpensive, and they're incredibly convenient. So many of us try to balance the convenience with the unintended consequences of eating them. While Moss does a great job going through many, many food companies and airing their dirty laundry, nothing feels particularly new in Salt, Sugar, Fat. Like Michael Pollan's most recent book, Moss doesn't seem to give us solutions for how we should incorporate this information into our daily lives (although he is much less insufferable than Pollan). The narrator of this book reads the whole thing like it's an expose in Star magazine, which made it tough to listen to.