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    Default 9 Surprising Facts About Junk Food

    Tom Philpott
    February 27 2013

    Riffing on his new book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, ace New York Times investigative reporter Michael Moss is suddenly everywhere—he's out with a blockbuster article in the Times Magazine and just appeared on Fresh Air.
    I haven't had a chance to read the book yet, but I've skimmed it, and it looks excellent. Here are nine quick takeaways:


    1. The Cheeto is a modern miracle. Made of corn, fat, and something called "cheese seasoning" (which itself is made of 11 ingredients, including canola oil and artificial color "yellow 6"), this ever-popular snack, which now comes in no fewer than 17 different flavors, may be the food industry's creation par excellence. Here's Moss:




    http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philp...hael-moss-junk

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    I heard about 1/3 of the Terry Gross interview on "Fresh Air" while in the car. Luckily I had to wait for a 55-car freight train, or I would have missed more of it. We all know snack foods are "bad for us" but not necessarily why...or why they seem so addictive ("you can't eat just one"). I'm going to move this thread to the Member Recommendations forum because I think it's an informative gobstopper.
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    7. "Food manufacturers now spend nearly twice as much money on advertising their [breakfast] cereals as they do on the ingredients that go into them." This fact may be well known to others, but it dropped my jaw.

    I found it jaw-dropping too!

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    I've requested the book through Interlibrary Loan (do you have a similar exchange program in Oz?) and find that there's a statewide waiting list!
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    Yep,I use it a lot. Libraries - I love 'em!

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