Friday, November 21, 2014

"Healthy" food contains more harmful sugar than you think - Best film ever

Sugar is the real villain.
It is so harmful to your body, but yet has escaped public attention for the past few decades. In fact, there are countries that provide subsidies to the production (for example, USA) and consumption (for example, Malaysia) of sugar.

And the interesting thing is, I have been eating healthier food, low-sugar, low salt, low fat products, especially those labelled as "HEALTHIER" choice.

And this guy, Damon Gameau, from the famed Super Size Me, the film that brought  Mcdonalds to attention, has a new film, where he eats all the "healthier" food.
And guess what?

The healthier food, makes him SICK.


Taken from:

Damon Gameau goes Super Size on the sweet stuff in shocking sugar experiment

IT’S been 10 years since Morgan Spurlock existed on just McDonald’s for a month in the groundbreaking film, Super Size Me.

Now our waistlines face a new threat, and another guinea pig has undergone some risky self-experimentation to try to make sense of it.
Australian TV actor and filmmaker Damon Gameau stars in That Sugar Film which will air in Australian cinemas in early 2015, in which he exists on “healthy” low-fat food with a high sugar content for 60 days.

The results are more shocking than anyone could have expected.

Within three weeks, the previously healthy Damon was feeling terrible all the time, lethargic and snapping at the slightest thing.
A visit to the doctor confirmed the worst — he had the beginnings of fatty liver disease.

‘I supersized myself on sugar’
Damon Gameau features in That Sugar Film. Source: Supplied
“I had no soft drink, chocolate, ice cream or confectionery,” Damon told Sunrise this week. “All the sugars that I was eating were found in perceived healthy foods, so low-fat yoghurts and muesli bars and cereals and fruit juices, sports drinks ... these kind of things that often parents would give their kids thinking they’re doing the right thing.”

Instead, the Underbelly actor reveals, these hidden sugars had a remarkably damaging effect on his physical and mental health.
Damon consumed 40 teaspoons a day, just slightly more than the average teenager.
Damon consumed 40 teaspoons a day, just slightly more than the average teenager. Source: Supplied
The father-to-be put on 10cm of visceral fat around his waist, and was informed that he was on the fast-track to obesity. He was also told his mental functioning was “unstable”.

Damon had increased his intake to 40 teaspoons of sugar a day, just slightly more than that of the average teenager worldwide. Recommended daily intake is a maximum of nine teaspoons a day, or six for women.

He now believes labelling is deliberately ambiguous, and that we need to be conscious that every four grams of sugar equals a teaspoon of sugar.

Despite keeping his calories the same, Damon said he never seemed to feel full.
Within three weeks, he had developed early signs of fatty liver disease.
Within three weeks, he had developed early signs of fatty liver disease. Source: Supplied
For breakfast, he would have low-fat yoghurt, cereal and apple juice. That contained 20 teaspoons of sugar.

“We’re not being dogmatic and saying people having to quit sugar, it’s just being aware,” he said. “Sugar’s now in 80 per cent of the processed food we’re eating. If we can remove that, that’s the first step towards making a change.”

The movie features cameos from Stephen Fry, Isabel Lucas and Brenton Thwaites, and king of food campaigners Jamie Oliver has called the film a “definite must-see”.

But will it convince people to change their habits?
Damon put on 10cm of visceral fat, but said the worst affects were on his mental health.
Damon put on 10cm of visceral fat, but said the worst affects were on his mental health. Source: Supplied
There are now nearly six million Australians with fatty liver disease and only 6000 of those are caused by alcohol.

Type 2 diabetes is killing someone every six seconds worldwide, and Damon believes we’ve reached a point where we need to do something.
Damon with his family.
Damon with his family. Source: Supplie
The creators of That Sugar Film have secured funding to create a educational program around the movie.

Its website offers tips, recipes and a study guide for kids, and will later grow into a larger hub, where people can take part in challenges such as cutting out sugar for 10 days.
The filmmaker said he felt lethargic and bad-tempered on the diet.
The filmmaker said he felt lethargic and bad-tempered on the diet. Source: Supplied

Damon’s final meal was a full 40 teaspoons of sugar that could be found in an ordinary child’s school lunchbox. “Sadly, it was very easy to do and fitted comfortably into the small plastic container,” he wrote on his blog documenting his experiment.

“The last meal was for all the people out there, especially parents, who are led to believe they are doing the right and healthy thing for their children. They are making an effort yet are horribly let down by the lack of integrity in marketing and packaging strategies.”


One apple and blackcurrant Organic Sunraysia juice (6 teaspoons)
One packet of Sesame Snaps (3 teaspoons)
Two tiny Woolworths ‘Fruit Bars’ with 4 in each (8 teaspoons)
One box of Macro Organic Sultanas (5 teaspoons)
One Kelloggs Twist Bar (4 teaspoons)
One Packet of ‘Fruit Salad Bites’ (like apricot pieces but mixed fruits, coated in sugar. (5 teaspoons)
One Apple Fruit Jelly pack (5 teaspoons)
One Jam sandwich (4 teaspoons)


Raisin toast (4 teaspoons per slice)
250ml popular liquid breakfast drink (4 teaspoons)
250ml bottle of multi-vitamin juice (6 teaspoons)
Iced tea (8 teaspoons)
Powerade (8 teaspoons of sugar)
400ml apple juice (10 teaspoons)
A serve of low fat yoghurt (11 teaspoons)
A low-fat strawberry standard size smoothie (18 teaspoons)

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