If you only watch one film this year, then it should be "That Sugar Film" by Damon Gameau.
It is only in recent times that warnings issued by John Yudkin in 1972 have started to be recognised that sugar (fructose), not fat, is the real "poison" that causes metabolic syndrome (a cluster of conditions - increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol) which has caused the epidemic of heart disease, stroke and diabetes in the West.
Damon's film gives the viewer an entertaining and informative journey as he investigates sugar in the western diet and how it affects health. Also importantly he shows how much sugar is in modern processed foods, and those marketed as so called "healthy".
Following in the tradition of "Super Size Me", Damon becomes a guinea pig for 60 days consuming 40 teaspoons a day with the rule that they are from hidden sugars found in commonly perceived healthy foods and drinks. On the first day of the experiment his healthy breakfast of cereal, yogurt and apple juice totals nearly 20 teaspoons!
Throughout the film we see how that while the number of calories is important, the source of the calories is just as important; evidenced by his increase in weight in the first 12 days. By the end of the film we clearly see how the increase in fructose not only affects his weight but also negatively affects his overall physical and mental health. This is highlighted midway through the film when he compares the high sugar diet to his pre experiment one:
"I'm eating the same amount of calories as I did before, but my liver has turned to fat, my belly is chasing my lady's, it's doing something to my brain, we know that, and I'm not feeling full."
Once you have watched this, you should also check out the excellent website that accompanies the film which contains a host of free resources, check it out here; http://thatsugarfilm.com and on Amazon.
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The Grassroots Health blog is written by Dean and Joanne. Joanne's passion is vegan raw food, nutrition and wellbeing while Dean likes to explore the real science behind health.
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