Last week I went to see That Sugar Film. I have been talking about it non-stop ever since so I thought it was something I just had to share with my online friends. I have always been very conscious about what goes in my mouth and my kid’s mouths but what is astounding is the effects on our bodies when we are not, especially the little people.
We all get the general idea, sugar is not good for us. But the way in which this message had been delivered has me thinking about sugar in a completely different light.
That Sugar Film is the journey of Damon Gameau who wants to find out what sugar actually does to our bodies. Why I found this so interesting is that he increased his sugar intake to the amount of sugar that the average Australian would consume in one day and he did this by only eating foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. He also stuck to a very similar calorie intake as his previous nutrient rich diet.
The effects on his body were astounding! I couldn’t take my eyes off of this film from start to finish. This is a must see film for everyone and especially parents. That Sugar Film is helping break down the food beliefs we hold after years and years of corporate marketing.
We are used to thinking about sugar in terms of ice-cream, lollies, orange juice and even foods such as white bread, but how the film challenged my thinking was about the hidden sugar in our everyday processed foods. The sugar in our cereal, light yogurt, muesli bars and general items that we and our kids can snack on everyday. You wouldn’t believe how many teaspoons of sugar there are in a breakfast of Just Right, light yogurt and a glass of OJ. So many parents and kids are unknowingly starting their day with a crazy amount of sugar before they are expected to sit, concentrate, work or learn at school.
After the film I went straight for the cupboard. I don’t want to name and shame brands here as that is not the purpose of this post but what I will say is that certain ‘organic’ ‘all natural’ kids snacks, certain super healthy adult snacks were all containing a higher than I anticipated amount of sugar.
Madman Entertainment have invited me to co-host two special, sold-out Q&A sessions of That Sugar Film on Monday 23 March at Event Cinemas Innaloo and I can’t wait!
That Sugar Film will forever change the way you think about ‘healthy’ food.
Go see it!!! Spread the word. You will not be disappointed.
You can watch the trailer here.