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That Sugar Film
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.
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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.
Of course, broccoli is better for you than donuts, but ... donuts!
But sometimes, we need to know WHY, instead of just being told to put something down.
I know a lot about nutrition and a lot about body processes. I am hypothyroid, and basically have had to learn everything I could medically to try to help myself, because doctors seem to blow off questions about thyroid function. I'm overweight, and have been told some of the most unbelievable whopper stories from doctors you would ever believe. I had one actually tell me that I just had "elbow disease", saying my elbow bent to my mouth too often. Um, no. My tiny mother in law could eat more food than I could hold in two days and still stay tiny. There were obviously other factors in play here, but no one ever had any real answers - just the standard "eat better" and "exercise more". I also went on a low fat diet for about six months, and gained steadily the entire time, despite eating sparse plates of food, things like yogurt and grapes for lunches, etc. My dr blamed me, saying I HAD to be eating more than that. I wasn't! But heaven forbid we look deeper than the surface! And when I told him that I didn't feel good when I ate fruit, I was told that was complete nonsense, and that I was making things up just to go off my "diet". To this day, fruit gives me a sugar rush that is very unpleasant! I also don't like pies or cakes, but that's just me - I never liked them. But wave a cookie under my nose, and you have my attention!
I also made changes myself simply because there was zero logic behind some of the "medical breakthroughs", like not eating eggs and making an enemy out of butter. I just could not see how butter, made from all natural ingredients from a cow, could possibly be worse than the chemical cocktails whipped up, dyed yellow and sold as butter flavored margarine! No freaking way. So, we ignored the medical release hype and ate real butter, eggs, meat (*gasp*), and did away with all low fat or diet drinks. Common sense tells you that if they remove the fat from a food, SOMETHING has to replace it so it doesn't fall apart or taste like cardboard. They DO replace the fat - with sugar!
This movie goes WAY below the surface, and gives you a real experience with the world of sugar. We've long known that too much sugar could be bad for you. But other than cavities, WHY avoid it when it tastes so good? (And yes - I know many don't think it tastes good - you are missing the point, so please spare the arguments about bad tasting sweet stuff.)
Damon walks us through the rapid and shocking changes our bodies experience when we give it the everyday diet of typical foods off the grocery store shelves. He doesn't eat candy, donuts or cake. He goes on a month long experience of eating what we normally put in our shopping carts under the guise of "healthy" food. Things like fruit juices, yogurts, health bars, chicken with teriyaki sauce, etc etc.
Now, I am very aware that many foods load it with sugar to make the chemicals palatable. We because serious label readers after my husband took a year of culinary classes at an area college. That's when we started to realize the lab experiments being sold as food that loaded our grocery shelves,
I was STUNNED by the amount of sugars hidden in our everyday foods on the shelf! It changed the way we shopped, but we still were not feeling our best. Despite no longer buying some things like (dare I mention brands?) Hamburger Helper or Yoplait yogurt, which has so much sugar, you might as well have ice cream. We cooked more at home, choosing to control more of what we put into our bodies.
But we still didn't feel our best. There had to be more to this, and while I had been trying to do some of my own research as to WHY my body acted like I was the enemy, and preferred to pack on weight instead of releasing it.
Enter this movie.
Damon - THANK YOU!!
Seeing what is taking place in our livers was a real eye-opener. Yes, we hear about diabetes (either type), triglycerides, cholesterol, etc etc, but the medical community often wants to give you a pill to control the symptoms, instead of explaining what is truly happening and helping you to fix it. After all, medication is highly profitable!
I learned a LOT from this movie. I have watched it twice, and will watch it several more times to get the information ingrained in my brain.
Damon is every personable and likeable, and the movie is well done - no yawn-worthy droning documentary-style fact recitation. He interacts with the viewers at every step in a very creative manner.
I cannot recommend this film highly enough. I am making everyone in our house watch it at LEAST once, if not more.
Our bodies are so adaptable to changes, and it was both a wow factor and encouraging how quickly things went downhill in his health, but also how quickly things went back to normal after returning to the sugar free foods he previously enjoyed. Now, I don't enjoy Damon's metabolism and mobility, but there are certainly things that I can incorporate into my daily life to begin the reversal of what could truly be called sugar poisoning with being too far off!
Again - thank you Damon.
You did us all a great service!
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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I need to chill out on the Sugar myself.
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