Sunday, June 5, 2016

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

This month we read and discussed Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss.

Many of us were worried this would be too dry and boring a read, but it turned out to be quite enthralling. It really made us think about food from a marketing perspective, and how much crap is promoted for people to eat, simply because it will make companies more money. It really is disgusting how calculated this game plan is, and how deceptive. After reading this, it is really hard to look at any processed food without questioning what angle it is being sold from.

Possibly the most impressive part of this book was how many whistle-blowers he dug up...there is so much guilt in this industry! It must have taken a ton of research to write this book, and he did a marvelous job of using the companies' own publications against them.

We mostly brought things made with processed food this month, which was a fun idea, but did not make for a very satisfying meal unfortunately. Individually, there were many tasty things, but collectively it left most of us feeling a little ill.

What did you bring this month?

Barbara - cocoa rice crispy treats and vodka infused gummy bears

Bobbi – lemon yogurt cake

Dawn – Whole Cuts and Mr. Cheese O's

 Heather McN – nachos and fixins

Katie S. – spinach salad with bacon and candied nuts, chicken stuffing casserole and pickle chips and biscuit and gravy chips

Katie W. – double lemon cheesecake bars (Philly cream cheese!)

 Laura – Baby carrots, Coke, chocolate pudding pie


Madeline – cauliflower biscuits (cheese and eggs and non-fat milk)

Sunny S. – strawberry cake and rice pilaf

Next month (by which I mean, this Wednesday, because this blog post is WAY overdue) we are discussing Making Toast: A Family Story by Roger Rosenblatt.

See you (REAL) soon!