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Michael Moss has the NYT Magazine cover story on the science of making addictive food:

On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and discharged 11 men who controlled America’s largest food companies. Nestlé was in attendance, as were Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Mars. Rivals any other day, the C.E.O.’s and company presidents had come together for a rare, private meeting. On the agenda was one item: the emerging obesity epidemic and how to deal with it. While the atmosphere was cordial, the men assembled were hardly friends. Their stature was defined by their skill in fighting one another for what they called “stomach share” — the amount of digestive space that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition.

The full article is excellent and frightening about the many ways chemistry can be used against us to make food addictive.

NPR recently had a piece on the salt-sugar-fat addiction cycle:

If only they would work so hard to make us addicted to foods that are good for us.

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