I watched The Sugar Film to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are my own.
THAT SUGAR FILM is one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy.’ Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves. THAT SUGAR FILM will forever change the way you think about ‘healthy’ food.
That Sugar Film Review
Here’s a scary thought. According to the film, if you remove all the items in the grocery store with added sugar, only 20% of product would remain on the shelves! If you took the amount of added sugar out of the foods consumed by the average American family and viewed it as pure sugar, families would be consuming 6 one kilo (4 pounds) of sugar per week!
Damon visited an 18 year old in Kentucky with “Mountain Dew” mouth. This kid drank up to 12 cans of Mountain Dew a day and every last one of his teeth were black and rotting. He was in the process of getting them pulled and replaced with dentures. The infections in his mouth were so bad, that the anesthetic was not effective. OUCH! (Hello, Mom? Dad? Where were YOU when your kid was drinking all these Mountain Dews?)
For his experiment, Damon was going to consume the equivalent of 40 tsp of sugar per day. He stuck to the same amount of calories that he normally consumed – 2,300. Pre-experiment, his nutritional intake was 50% fats and 26% proteins and 24% carbs. He did not consume ANY added sugar prior to his experiment. He was also eating foods that the mfr. has marketed as “healthy” or “low fat”. His first breakfast was interesting. He had Just Right Cereal, some low fat yogurt and fruit juice and easily reached 20 tsp. of sugar in that one meal! He drank things like Jamba Juice fruit smoothies containing 34 tsp of sugar in one large drink.
After the sixty day experiment, Damon gained over 15 pounds. His trigliceride levels went from .8 to 1.5. Other tests revealed that his liver cells were dying. He was essentially getting “fatty” liver from all the sugar, which has the potential to develop into cirrhosis of the liver (hardening). He developed mood swings from all the highs and lows.
Unfortunately, when it comes to the sugar companies, it’s all about selling products. We are given conflicting nutritional advice that will most likely continue for years to come. This film is entertaining and eye opening! I try to cut out sugar during my week but end up indulging in sugary treats on the weekend. I’ll admit it’s my drug of choice. Am I ready to give it up completely? Let’s revisit that AFTER I get back from vacation!
How about you? Do you try to cut back on sugar?
Dr. Debbie Herbst
Dr. Ken Sikaris
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