One in three adults in the U. S., and one in five children, is clinically obese. In his new book “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times investigative reporter Michael Moss argues that many of the big companies in the processed food industry are at least partly to blame.
He says that these big food companies use cutting-edge technology to calculate the “bliss point” of sugary sodas and to enhance the “mouthfeel” of fat. He says that the food giants have used techniques straight from the playbook of Big Tobacco to redirect concerns about the health risks of their products and that some concerned executives confess it would be impossible to produce truly healthy alternatives to their products, even with serious government regulation, because the big companies are as addicted as millions of Americans to the seductive trio of salt sugar and fat. Michael Moss joins Tom Williams for the hour on Monday’s Access Utah.