How The Food Industry Manipulates Taste Buds With ‘Salt Sugar Fat’

DAVIES: “So, we have a problem, here. I mean, we’re all busy people, and so convenience is a plus. Processed foods meet that need. I mean, these products – salt, sugar and fat – are yummy. These scientists do a terrific job of making them irresistible. And it’s clear that there’s very serious health effects from all this stuff we’re eating. So it raises a question, really, I think, of whether, you know, a competitive capitalist system is capable of dealing with it.

“Employing scientists to dissect elements of the palate and tweak ratios of salt, sugar and fat to optimize taste, the processed food industry, Moss says, has hooked consumers on their products the same way the cigarette industry hooked smokers on nicotine.”

~Excerpts from Fresh Air’s Dave Davies interview of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Michael Moss about his new book, “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.”

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