Salt, sugar and fat are the most prevalent ingredients in the processed foods that now dominate American appetites. According to investigative reporter Michael Moss, food manufacturers cram as much of those three ingredients as possible into their products in order to make them irresistible. But high levels of salt, sugar and fat have also made us obese and unhealthy. Moss has written a new book investigating the food science and corporate scheming that have distorted the American diet and put our health at risk, and he joins us on Wednesday to talk about it.
Michael Moss is an investigative reporter at the New York Times. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for Explanatory Reporting for his investigation of the dangers of contaminated meat. He was a Pulitzer finalist in 2006 and 1999. His new and first book is called Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us