The Dorito Effect

  • by Mark Schatzker
  • Narrated by Chris Patton
  • 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In The Dorito Effect, Mark Schatzker shows us how our approach to the nation's number-one public health crisis has gotten it wrong. The epidemics of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are not tied to the overabundance of fat or carbs. Instead we have been led astray by the growing divide between flavor - the tastes we crave - and the underlying nutrition.
Since the late 1940s, we have been slowly leeching flavor out of the food we grow. Simultaneously we have taken great leaps forward in technology, allowing us to produce in the lab the very flavors that are being lost on the farm. Thanks to this largely invisible epidemic, seemingly healthy food is becoming more like junk food: highly craveable but nutritionally empty. We have unknowingly interfered with an ancient chemical language - flavor - that evolved to guide our nutrition, not destroy it.

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In the shadow of Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss

The Dorito Effect is very similar to the book Salt, Sugar Fat by Michael Moss. Schatzker seems to know this and tries to differentiate it by arguing that pointing to just Salt Sugar and Fat is too simplistic. He argues that thousands of flavour chemicals can also be blamed for the modern obesity epidemic and this is really the highlight of the book. The other main theme of the book is that fresh produce has drastically lost flavour and nutrition over the last 70 years. While this sounds completely plausible to me, the evidence he offers is surprisingly scant. His strongest evidence that chicken has lost flavour is a sentence in a Julia Child cookbook. As far as depleted nutrition, he offers up just one study where he admits the results where mixed. Also his tone towards the food industry is gratingly cynical which gives the impression that his assertions are motivated more by contempt than by logic. All in all the book is simply takes second place to Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss which basically argues the same thing but better.
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- Graham

Eat dark chocolate & drink wine

Anybody whose parting advice is, "Eat dark chocolate & drink wine," has information I want. The author takes our modern society's problem with obesity to a whole new level. Flavor is a key. The reader was easy to listen to & the information was life changing.
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- Elizabeth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2015
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC