The Current | Mar 7, 2013 | 24:00

    Why salt, sugar and fat are the pillars of the processed food industry

    When journalist Michael Moss started taste-testing, he wasn't working on just any old food story. He was investigating the science, the marketing, the psychology and the corporate zeal behind addictive junk food. A trail of emails, whistle-blowers and sometimes-contrite, sometimes-unapologetic food executives led him to the unholy trinity of Salt, Sugar and Fat ... the three ingredients that are consciously mixed into processed food to keep us snuffling through things we can't stop eating. And by the way - the people who created that food don't always eat it. We speak with Michael Moss, author of "Salt, Sugar, Fat".

    Now Playing on CBC Radio Help Refresh

    Live audio streams for phones and tablets: Radio One and CBC Music (Radio 2, Radio 3 and more)

    CBC Radio One

    Listen Live Ottawa change

    CBC Radio 2

    Listen Live Eastern change

    CBC Radio 3

    Listen Live Radio 3
    The Current - Gay man in Canada faces threats of an honour killing - August 31, 2015Aug 31, 2015 | 25:00The Current Gay man in Canada faces threats of an honour killing - August 31, 2015 Audio
    The Current Gay man in Canada faces threats of an honour killing - August 31, 2015 Aug 31, 2015 | 25:00A young Canadian. Gay, and trying to pray it away. Honour Killings make the news as something that happens faraway, something that happens to women. Our documentary tells the story of young, gay men, threatened with honour killings... right here at home.
    The Current - Hurricane Katrina has a silver lining for some survivorsAug 28, 2015 | 18:19The Current Hurricane Katrina has a silver lining for some survivors Audio
    The Current Hurricane Katrina has a silver lining for some survivors Aug 28, 2015 | 18:19While the devastating impact of Katrina carries on a decade later, the storm has a silver lining for some survivors. New research suggests some people displaced improved their lives because leaving allowed them to break out of cycles of instability.
    The Current - Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh reflects on a career probing brains - August 28, 2015Aug 28, 2015 | 23:49The Current Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh reflects on a career probing brains - August 28, 2015 Audio
    The Current Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh reflects on a career probing brains - August 28, 2015 Aug 28, 2015 | 23:49Dr. Henry Marsh has long been fascinated with the human brain. But the neurosurgeon is well aware of the dangers of brain surgery because he's made mistakes... and he's forthright that doctors aren't in as much control as we may want to believe.
    The Current - Party candidates pitch economic plans to get out of tough timesAug 27, 2015 | 20:02The Current Party candidates pitch economic plans to get out of tough times Audio
    The Current Party candidates pitch economic plans to get out of tough times Aug 27, 2015 | 20:02Thanks to a global market scare, the economy has emerged as a paramount election issue in the great Canadian campaign of 2015. Today, candidates from three big federal parties, share their plans on how to handle the economy. Can any of them work?
    The Current - Sandra Lansky says mob boss father was her best friend - August 27. 2015Aug 27, 2015 | 23:29The Current Sandra Lansky says mob boss father was her best friend - August 27. 2015 Audio
    The Current Sandra Lansky says mob boss father was her best friend - August 27. 2015 Aug 27, 2015 | 23:29What's it like growing up when Daddy is a Mafia boss? Sandra Lansky's dad was the notorious Meyer Lansky. Never convicted but widely credited with the creation of the hit men group, Murder Incorporated. Sandra Lansky tells us about growing up in Gangland.
    The Current - Is it time to ground the air show?Aug 26, 2015 | 19:46The Current Is it time to ground the air show? Audio
    The Current Is it time to ground the air show? Aug 26, 2015 | 19:46Many people gather to watch them swoop and loop-de-loop in the skies above. Air shows seem to be part of summer tradition. But sometimes that tradition comes with tragedy, like the one last week in England. Today, we're asking should air shows even exist?
    The Current - 'Missoula' author Jon Krakauer investigates campus rape - August 26, 2015Aug 26, 2015 | 25:00The Current 'Missoula' author Jon Krakauer investigates campus rape - August 26, 2015 Audio
    The Current 'Missoula' author Jon Krakauer investigates campus rape - August 26, 2015 Aug 26, 2015 | 25:00What happens when college football players are accused of rape in an American town where college football is king? According to writer Jon Krakauer, what happened in Missoula, Montana, is happening in cities and towns across North America, every day.
    The Current - Market meltdown signals China's economy is balancing outAug 25, 2015 | 19:12The Current Market meltdown signals China's economy is balancing out Audio
    The Current Market meltdown signals China's economy is balancing out Aug 25, 2015 | 19:12What started as a meltdown on the Shanghai stock market has far reaching implications for markets right around the world, including Canada. Today we're asking whether the Chinese economy's downward spiral will continue to pull down global wealth with it.
    The Current - 'What's Happened to Politics?': Bob Rae says authenticity is amiss - August 25, 2015Aug 25, 2015 | 24:59The Current 'What's Happened to Politics?': Bob Rae says authenticity is amiss - August 25, 2015 Audio
    The Current 'What's Happened to Politics?': Bob Rae says authenticity is amiss - August 25, 2015 Aug 25, 2015 | 24:59Bob Rae has had a career at the centre of Canadian politics. But now that he's retired, he doesn't mind saying that the state of politics leaves much to be desired. He joins us to answer "What's Happened to Politics?", the title of his new book.
    The Current - Mexican journalists murdered in attack on freedom of pressAug 24, 2015 | 19:14The Current Mexican journalists murdered in attack on freedom of press Audio
    The Current Mexican journalists murdered in attack on freedom of press Aug 24, 2015 | 19:14Since 2000, dozens of Mexican journalists have been murdered. These crimes have never been prosecuted. The recent murder of photojournalist Ruben Espinosa has the biggest names in art and media calling on the Mexican government to stop the violence.
    The Current - Sex educator Meg Hickling: Never too early to learn 'body science' - August 24, 2015Aug 24, 2015 | 25:00The Current Sex educator Meg Hickling: Never too early to learn 'body science' - August 24, 2015 Audio
    The Current Sex educator Meg Hickling: Never too early to learn 'body science' - August 24, 2015 Aug 24, 2015 | 25:00It can be hard to talk about sex with your kids. So perhaps the heavy lifting should be left to the experts? We hear from a trailblazer in the world of sexual health education, fighting to educate parents about the benefits of sex ed for forty years.
    The Current - Ashley Madison leak reveals secrets better left unseenAug 21, 2015 | 19:32The Current Ashley Madison leak reveals secrets better left unseen Audio
    The Current Ashley Madison leak reveals secrets better left unseen Aug 21, 2015 | 19:32With reports of possibly millions more names being released from the Ashley Madison site, some say it's unethical to poke into what are private affairs between consenting adults. When the truth is explosive, maybe it's better not to know.
    The Current - Your Call Is Important: Designing the best 'on hold' experience - August 21, 2015Aug 21, 2015 | 23:16The Current Your Call Is Important: Designing the best 'on hold' experience - August 21, 2015 Audio
    The Current Your Call Is Important: Designing the best 'on hold' experience - August 21, 2015 Aug 21, 2015 | 23:16Today we look into the people who spend time researching what will keep you 'on hold'. People build careers offering what they think are the right 'on hold' messages. Producer Josh Bloch delves into the tricks and trade of those who keep us on-the-line.
    The Current - Mark Schatzker: Flavourless food leads to unhealthy cravings - August 20, 2015Aug 20, 2015 | 23:33The Current Mark Schatzker: Flavourless food leads to unhealthy cravings - August 20, 2015 Audio
    The Current Mark Schatzker: Flavourless food leads to unhealthy cravings - August 20, 2015 Aug 20, 2015 | 23:33Ever wonder why you crave some food over others? Food journalist Mark Schatzker says it's all about the flavour. Today, we explore why the veggies we should eat have become increasingly bland, while the junk we should avoid keeps getting tastier.
    The Current - Duffy trial reveals cracks in Conservative party, supporters dividedAug 20, 2015 | 19:32The Current Duffy trial reveals cracks in Conservative party, supporters divided Audio
    The Current Duffy trial reveals cracks in Conservative party, supporters divided Aug 20, 2015 | 19:32Mike Duffy's lawyer is finished cross-examining Nigel Wright and Stephen Harper's political competition have already declared how his testimony will hurt the Conservatives. Today we're asking if revelations from the trial are hurting the Conservative camp

    2 of 34