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A lively and important argument from an award-winning journalist proving that the key to reversing America’s health crisis lies in the overlooked link between nutrition and flavor.

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 or any other specific nutrient. 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. Those perfectly round, red tomatoes that grace our supermarket aisles today are mostly water, and the big breasted chickens on our dinner plates grow three times faster than they used to, leaving them dry and tasteless. 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.

With in-depth historical and scientific research, The Dorito Effect casts the food crisis in a fascinating new light, weaving an enthralling tale of how we got to this point and where we are headed. We’ve been telling ourselves that our addiction to flavor is the problem, but it is actually the solution. We are on the cusp of a new revolution in agriculture that will allow us to eat healthier and live longer by enjoying flavor the way nature intended.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In The Dorito Effect Mark Schatzker explores a novel—and to my mind, key—theory to explain our increasing consumption of the low-quality food that is undermining health. Modern food production has made much of what we eat flavorless, and a multibillion-dollar flavor industry has stepped in to fool our senses, leaving us unsatisfied and craving more and more. I strongly agree with his advice to go back to eating real food.”

    Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Illuminating and radical.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “In this comprehensive examination of the integral relationship among food, flavor, and nutrition, Schatzker uses tomatoes and chickens as prime examples of the diluting of natural flavors in food since the 1950s. With entertaining storytelling and a light touch, he pulls readers into a number of fascinating…scientific threads.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Chris Patton gives a persuasive performance… Patton’s narration is as irresistible as the man-made chemical flavorings that are reported to be taking over the taste of ‘real’ food…Patton’s modulated voice smoothly delivers the scientific research, while his well-timed pauses highlight the stunning statistics on obesity…Patton’s straightforward narration will keep listeners intrigued and may make them think twice before reaching for another snack. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

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  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author

Mark Schatzker is an award-winning writer based in Toronto. He is a radio columnist for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail, Condé Nast Traveler, and Bloomberg Pursuits.