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Everyone knows how hard it can be to maintain a healthy diet. But what if some of the decisions we make about what to eat are beyond our control? Is it possible that food is addictive, like drugs or alcohol? And to what extent does the food industry know, or care, about these vulnerabilities? In Hooked, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Michael Moss sets out to answer these questions and to find the true peril in our food. 

Moss uses the latest research on addiction to uncover the shocking ways that food, in some cases, is even more addictive than alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. Our bodies are hardwired for sweets, so food giants have developed 56 types of sugar to add to their products and ways to exploit our evolutionary preference for fast, ready-to-eat foods. Moss goes on to show how the processed food industry - including major companies like Nestlé, Mars and Kellogg's - has not only tried to hide the addictiveness of food but to actually exploit it. As obesity rates continue to climb, manufacturers are now claiming to add ingredients that can effortlessly cure our compulsive eating habits. 

A gripping account of the legal battles, insidious marketing campaigns and cutting-edge food science that have brought us to our current public health crisis, Hooked lays out all that the food industry is doing to exploit and deepen our addictions, and shows us why what we eat has never mattered more.

©2020 Michael Moss (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Average book with excellent narration.

The book is not much cohesive but the narration is excellent. If you have read salt sugar and fat then this book might disappoint you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-08-21

Lots of eye opening information

Packed full of research based information. Reaffirms previous information I have read of the dangers of too much processed food in ones diet. I love that it finished on a positive note to empower us to slowly take back control of what we eat.

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  • Elena
  • 13-05-21

Does not repeat the first book!

Well, it repeats a little bit, but most of the info is new. This is great for a return listener like me.

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  • Thomas
  • 18-03-21

Not quite a page turner, but very interesting

Very interesting and factual account of the (lack of) nutrition and reasons for in processed food. Definitely better off for reading - will change my eating going forward.

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  • 05-05-21

For the Health Conscious

If you need any reminding how bad process and junk food is especially if you have young children, then listen to this book. Much of the content is well known but it’s good to be reminded. A great listen

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  • 14-04-21

We know this

I'm so glad when MD'S publish this stuff, but really it's not new, MD's just add the credentials that some need before listening.... I feel though that I have read this so many times before, as written by others who are also now publishing after funded research...when will we learn to just go back to basics rather than waiting to be told to