Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

A few years ago I was intrigued by an interview on Science Friday on NPR with author Michael Moss about his book, “Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us”.  He researched for three and a half years how big food companies use these three ingredients as an addictive drug which keeps the public coming back to buy their products.

The food industry employs chemists, nutrition scientists, behavioral biologists, food technologists, marketing executives, package designers, chief executives and lobbyists.  All these professionals are keenly focused on keeping us hooked on junk foods.

Mr. Moss claimed that 80 percent of the food on the grocery store shelves are laced with sugar.  He stated if you give a child a food with sugar once, they immediately like it.  But you have to introduce a savory food twelve times before they may develop a taste for it.

I’m always checking ingredients to look for sugar.  Sugar stores as fat in the body, so the less sugar in my diet the less fat on my body.  According to Mr. Moss, the food companies by and large are looking out for their bottom-line and their shareholders interest, not the public health.   Be informed, read the ingredients.

Here’s to your Health!

Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist

Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR


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