All I can say is, Oh. My. Gosh.
I recently watched a very interesting documentary by an Aussie filmmaker Damon Gameau—who’s been on a no-added-sugar diet for years—go back on the sugar train for his new documentary, That Sugar Film. “The only real way to get answers is for me to start eating sugar again, and see what it does to my body,” he explains in the film. And his crazy results might just have you ditching sugar for good.
This was his sugar-eating plan: For two months, Gameau ate as much sugar as the average Australian does daily, which is 40 teaspoons or approximately… (Americans consume even more which isn’t surprising)
Now the problems occur when you consume too much added sugar — that is, sugar that food manufacturers add to products to increase flavor or extend shelf life.
In the American diet, the top sources are soft drinks, fruit drinks, flavored yogurts, cereals, cookies, cakes, candy, and most processed foods. But added sugar is also present in items that you may not think of as sweetened, like soups, bread, cured meats, and ketchup too.
So here’s the most interesting part of the film, Gameau got his sugar intake from foods many people think are “healthy”, like low-fat yogurts, dried fruit, and cereal. Not once did he eat treats, candy, ice cream, donuts or cookies. Not even one time! He was trying to point out that the real problem is in the foods that we consume daily.. the same foods that are secretly loaded with sugar. What was most surprising is how fast the teaspoons of sugar added up!
Before his experiment, Gameau consumed around 2,300 calories a day. He weighed 165 pounds, and his waist circumference was 25 inches. He had a healthy liver, low triglycerides, and no sign of insulin resistance or diabetes. BUT- In just 60 days, he gained almost 19 pounds, added four inches to his waist, and entered the high-risk ranges for fatty liver disease and insulin resistance. Not to mention major mood swings and cravings and more!
Need a few more reasons to stop eating sugar? Here’s some of it’s negative side effects:
• Suppress the immune system
• Contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties
• Produce a significant rise in triglycerides
• Reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs) and raise harmful cholesterol (LDLs)
• Increase the risk of coronary heart disease and high blood pressure
• Increase fasting levels of blood glucose and contribute to diabetes
• Speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair
• Increase the risk of fatty liver disease
• Increase the water retention and bloating
• Cause headaches, including migraines
• Increase bacterial fermentation in the colon
Check out the documentary yourself. You can find it on Amazon. Sugar Film
Do you pay attention to the hidden sugars in your food? What has helped you kick your sugar habbit?
-Denise and Emily
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