When I saw Salt Sugar Fat in my local library, I was immediately sucked into borrowing it. How could I not? It was a book about my three favourite things!
Humour aside, it was a book I’d heard about before from a number of sources, and I’m glad that I took the time to read it.
Despite the occasional finger-pointing at the processed food industry, Michael Moss does an impressive job of promoting both sides of a complex argument.
One one side, you have the consumers experiencing ever growing obesity rates and health problems. On the other side, you have companies trying to manufacture the tastiest products they can, and facing challenges getting the tastes consumers demand without the additives they need/want to avoid.
It has the makings of a fantastic story. Moss follows the evolution of major food companies and their products, from birth to modern times. Along the way, we gems such as how cereal started as a healthy alternative to unhealthy breakfasts that were heavy in fats, but then evolved to be a high-sugar treat with dubious nutritional value – some cereals are more than 50% sugar!
The book is divided into three sections, touching upon each ingredient in the title separately, but also explaining how they all relate, and their collective impact both on food and health.
It was a well-written book that was a pleasure to read. I got educated about the impacts of the food I eat and how healthy (or unhealthy) many of them can actually be. I walked away Salt Sugar Fat actually paying attention to the content of sugar, salt and fat in the foods I eat – which was both fascinating and frightening!
All things considered, I highly recommend reading it. It’s very hard to escape the impact of processed food in some part of your life, so increasing your knowledge about what you put into your body is always a good bet.