Why I Think You Should See “That Sugar Film”
I’d like to talk a little bit about sugar and a fabulous documentary starring Damon Gameau, called “That Sugar Film.” I love that the film is encouraging more conversations about sugar. The more we talk about it, the more informed we are and able to make better choices for ourselves and our families.
For anyone who doesn’t know, Damon Gameau decided to test the effects of sugar on the human body with a very personal experiment . For two months he ate 40 teaspoons of sugar everyday and he did it by only consuming foods that are generally considered ‘healthy.’ Yep, foods such as muesli bars, breakfast cereal, low fat yoghurt and fruit juice. And he didn’t have any junk food like ice cream, soft drinks and chocolate!
Now I’m not saying that the war on sugar is a new thing. After all, the most well known campaigner (in Australia) for cutting out sugar is arguably Sarah Wilson, of I Quit Sugar fame and her journey began in 2011. Sarah now has a hugely popular website and blog, an 8 week program that you can follow and numerous books you can buy. Going back even further, the man credited with starting the Australian wave of anti-sugar sentiment is David Gillespie. David’s first book about sugar, “Sweet Poison”, was published in 2008.
“I eat a little piece of chocolate every day but I understand the adverse effects if I eat too much of it.” – Professor Barry Popkin
I’m going to keep this short and sweet (pardon the pun!) in the hope that I can inspire you to see the film. What I love most about it is that it’s getting the message out there to more and more everyday people. As I said earlier, the film is about the danger of hidden sugars in our food and why you should rethink so-called ‘healthy’ packaged and processed foods. And it is done in a lighthearted, entertaining way; there’s not too much heavy science, so it’s really easy to understand.
I’ve seen the film and bought the accompanying book, which is a very handy reference. The book is also helping with health education in our remote communities.
Another great thing is that you can always learn something new – for example, did you know?
- 40 teaspoons of sugar per day, which is what Damon ate during his two month experiment, is the average consumption for Aussie adults
- the American Heart Association recommends just 9 teaspoons of sugar per day for men. The Australian Heart Foundation doesn’t even have any recommendations
- in 2008 Coca Cola revealed that the Northern Territory was their highest sales region per capita in the world
- when you consume sugary drinks, your brain doesn’t recognise the calories from the drink. That’s why you can drink a soft drink with your dinner and still overeat
- dopamine, our ‘feel good’ hormone can be triggered just by visual cues. People who are particularly vulnerable will have great difficulty getting through the day without being influenced by the visual imagery of everyday life
- excess sugar consumption has now been linked to gout, Alzheimer’s Disease, kidney failure, cancer and candida, not to mention high blood pressure and tooth decay
“When you walk into a supermarket make an immediate right or left turn and head for the produce aisles. Avoid the middle. All the foods in the middle are high in calories with low nutrients. We need to reverse that.” – David Wolfe
Don’t worry though, it’s not all doom and gloom! Giving up or cutting down on sugar doesn’t mean living a tasteless, boring life. The best thing that I can tell you is that there are plenty of alternatives to refined, So with a little bit of planning and preparation, you can still have some sweetness in your life and be healthy at the same time.
The easiest way to start is by swapping soft drinks for water, cutting down on processed and packaged foods and increasing the fruit and veggies in your diet. You’ll feel a whole lot better just by doing that. And of course, if you need help, that’s what I’m here for – just get in touch, firstname.lastname@example.org