After reading multiple positive reviews and hearing rave reviews from friends, I decided to finally read Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss. The whole book focuses on the addictive tactics of processed foods. Written by a journalist, I knew this book would be fact heavy and a more solid read.
While the book as a whole was enjoyable, it did feel like at a certain point he had covered basically everything you needed to know. But there was still half the book left! There were only so many ways to say and show how the processed food industry had given us little to no other affordable options to healthy eaten and thus had driven society into obesity. I found the actual science behind most of it to be rather dull, while the analysis of the marketing campaigns and inner workings of the companies were often riveting. The best parts were finding out how companies found the perfect crunch ratio or the invention of a childhood favorite (Lunchables, etc).
Although Salt Sugar Fat made me question my eating habits—and I have been trying to eat better since reading—I haven’t given up my love of Oreos, potato chips, or cereal. So if you’re looking for a highly educational (although sometimes taxing) book, check it out and make sure you keep the Twinkies close by!