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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.
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.72 Ounces
- Item model number : B010RJNOTW
- Director : Damon Gameau
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 42 minutes
- Release date : September 1, 2015
- Actors : Damon Gameau, Hugh Jackman
- Studio : Samuel Goldwyn Films
- ASIN : B010RJNOTW
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #55,289 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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That Sugar Film conveys a very strong and truthful message. I applaude Damon Gameau for putting out a very honest and entertaining documentary. During the making of the piece, Damon not only talked the talk, he walked the walk. He literally put his life in danger to get his point across. He is a very brave and committed young man.
Never heard of The Sugar Papers?
Google "The Sugar Papers." That tells you everything you need to know that these sort of articles (like Slate's hit piece) are just more BS in a long line of BS. Just as it says in the film, the sugar industry's job was to make sure there is no consensus about sugar in order to stay profitable. If that isn't enough, check out the award-winning documentary The Century of the Self about the origins of Public Relations and the blatant war businesses fought with the US government to win the right to lie to the American people. It's fascinating and it shows this is also the origin of when people stopped trusting the government (spoiler: part of the PR tactic to fight the government trying to regulate their lies was actually lying to the American people about the government in all the papers and tv, making them look like the bad guy for going after private enterprises who were doing nothing wrong. Our government was not prepared for that and it actually worked so well that now our government itself is run by these big businesses. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Propaganda was officially legalized in USA with the NDAA in 2012, btw.)
At this point, anyone who believes industry-funded science which just happens to exonerate a suspect industry is a moron. There is a known peer-review problem in the scientific community and we have a decades-long history of proof that industry-funded scientists lied and our government experts lied (again: Google "The Sugar Papers"). And if they didn't intentionally lie, we have also seen that they are often just plain wrong, but this is revealed to consumers after they've been following this bad advice for 20 or 30 years of their lives already.
The film is definitely worth watching, although it's padded with some fluff to make it feature length. If they took out a half hour of fluff and replaced it with more scientific facts and details, that would have been money better spent than all the fancy graphics in the movie. But, people watch movies like this to be entertained, so maybe I'm wrong. I deducted 1 star for some cutesy stuff that I didn't find entertaining, just a waste of time.
There are always going to be those Slate-reading types who tow party lines and beep their status quo funny clown noses as they spew more uninformed BS like you find in the Slate article...but, for anyone who has just come back from the doctor and learned they have "metabolic syndrome," take sugar off your diet and watch how fast that reverses. It is exactly what you see in the movie and it works every time. Hang out on AIP forums and you will see 100% success rate with people who dumped 30+ pounds of visceral fat and reversed course away from diabetes, fatty liver, etc. simply be cutting sugar out of their diet (that includes carbs that just immediately turn into sugar, which is not only the obvious like bread, pasta, and fries, but also supposedly "healthy" foods as shown in this film).
The guy in this movie ends up exactly where I was 4 months ago. Cutting sugar out of my diet, I lost 30 pounds in about 3 months and have simply kept it off, feeling great, no mood swings or trouble concentrating, just like it shows in the movie. I actually did the same thing about 10 years ago, but I slowly slipped back to my old ways because it's just too easy to eat unhealthy even when you're trying to be healthy. You basically have to prepare all your own meals and when you go out, you will quickly see that restaurants and prepackaged foods are heavy on carbs and sugar.
Anyone can prove this movie is true for themselves by simply experimenting with sugar. Keep an accurate food diary to prove to yourself just how serious your sugar cravings might be. It's a similar approach to what he does in the movie. Then, cut it out almost entirely: limit your sugar intake to 2 small pieces of fruit a day (but no bananas, they are high in sugar). Avoid carbs which simply turn into sugar like all breads, pastas and potatoes. Instead of all those "bad" carbs, you can eat yams (sweet potatoes), jicama and green plantains. Don't eat sweet potato french fries, though, because they're fried in the wrong kind of fat. Eat healthy fats instead: olive oil, coconut oil, and avocados. Cube a sweet potato (yam) and bake it in a pan with a little olive oil at 350 degrees for a half hour. Add salt for a "sweet potato french fry" sort of taste; add salt and cinnamon for a delicious desert sort of taste. Green plantains can be sliced and baked the same way in coconut oil for "plantain chips". Just add salt and they're delicious! Besides this, just eat meat and plenty of salads and steamed vegetables with nothing but olive oil, white vinegar and some salt. Dressings have a lot of sugar in them, so avoid them.
Not only did a standard american diet make me 30 pounds overweight in exactly the same way as this movie shows, it also caused incredible full-body inflammation which led to muscle and joint pain, headaches, brain fog and several other debilitating conditions. I never thought of "chronic inflammation" as a serious term until I learned chronic inflammation is behind every major life-threatening illness like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc.
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Very entertaining as well as informative. Probably particularly eye opening for some people who think they already follow a healthy diet (juice, muesli, health bars, dried fruit, smoothies, low fat yogurt etc).
For me there was nothing in here that I didn't already know, BUT the information is conveyed extremely well, without extremism, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite my open-mouthed horror on occasions and the very worrying content.
It would play particularly well to children of a reasonable age if you're trying to get to a healthier lifestyle as a family and should be compulsory viewing for every parent or parent-to-be. I'd like to think it would stop even teenagers in their tracks, but they are tough cookies if you'll pardon the pun, so maybe a wish too far.
To be honest I feel that absolutely everyone should watch this, then whether you act on the information is your choice, but at least you will have seen the possible consequences of an average level of sugar consumption and be able to make a decision or research it further.
If you decide against watching this, please just take home this one point: 1teaspoon of sugar is approximately 4g so try looking at some of the non-sweet food you buy, work out the sugar it contains in teaspoons and ask yourself whether you really intended to consume that much sugar - I suspect the answer is no.