"I decided to make this film to try to shed light on the effects of sugar: one day you read it’s toxic and poisonous, another day it’s good and we need it to produce energy".

My generation grew up with the commercials that proclaimed the absolute necessity of sugar for the proper functioning of the brain. "Sugar is awake! Oh yes? Yeah! "... This gingle still echoes in my head after 40 years. I have been raised on bread, butter and sugar, whipped eggs and sugar, and so on. However, as time passed, the trend of sugar has evolved. The '90s marked the era of "light" (no sugar added) drinks as well as the "light" foods (fat free). Just to discover that in "light" food, fat was replaced by sugar, and in "light" drinks, sugar was replaced by a similar sweetener made from of processed maize. Even today, we find that low protein diets, rich in sugars (together with sleep deprivation) are the basis for the famous "brainwashing procedures." Is sugar really so good for our brains and body?

Trying to understand this question, I came across two docu films.

The first is entitled "Fed Up”. Simply watching the trailer, one clearly understands that food industries hide information critical for our health. We know almost nothing about the food we eat or buy on supermarket shelves, with coloured packaging that attracts us so much. It is better to say, that we do not know what would be vital about the effect that this type of food has on our health. Fed Up is definitely the documentary that "Big Food" does not want consumers to see as it crumbles our illusions and makes us understand how far from reality is the information we receive through advertising or controlled information.

The documentary explains the rampant obesity causes, presents evidence of the huge amounts of sugars in processed foods and explains exactly how sugar is the basis of the problem. Fed Up uses the example of the United States, where food guidelines have greatly underestimated the role of sugars in increasing obesity, diabetes and many other emerging diseases especially in children. These guidelines have allowed to add uncontrolled amounts of sugars to foods, condemning generations to grow fat and sick.

The second film is "That sugar film". What happens to our bodies when we consume 40 teaspoons of sugar a day? This documentary answers this question in an amusing and ironic way. The director has personally tested, through an experiment, what we really eat (without knowing it). Assuming that sugar is present in 80% of packaged foods, the director has decided to eliminate from his diet foods such as snack foods, sugary soft drinks, ice cream. For sixty days he avoided to consumefresh foods undergoing a low-calorie low-fat diet. No junk food, but processed “healthy” “sugar free” foods: fruit yogurt, cereal bars, light drinks, dried or dehydrated fruit, cereals and fruit juices: in short, all stuff that is generally considered healthy, low in calories, that often parents give to their children.

The results were shocking. Monitored by a team of doctors, just 18 days after beginning this plan, the director was diagnosed with an enlarged liver. As time went by, his mood worsened, and he began to suffer from sleepiness, nervousness, apathy, depression. After two months, he had gained more than 8 kilos and 10 cm on his waist. "I did not change my calorie intake, and despite this, I never felt satisfied," says the director who, when going back to his normal diet, regained his original weight.

The documentary explains the rampant obesity causes, presents evidence of huge amounts of sugars in processed foods and explain how exactly this is the basis of the problem. Fed Up uses the example of the reality of the United States, where food guidelines have greatly underestimated the role of sugars in increasing obesity, diabetes and many other emerging diseases especially in children. These guidelines have allowed the foods were added uncontrolled amounts of sugars condemning generations to grow fat and sick.

The second film that I would like to point out is "That sugar film". What happens to our bodies when we consume 40 teaspoons of sugar a day? He tells this amusing and ironic film, where the director has put to the test in person with an experiment that tells what they (without knowing it) really eat. Assuming that sugar is present in 80% of packaged foods, the director has decided to eliminate from your diet foods such as snack foods, sugary soft drinks, ice cream. So for sixty days it renounced the consumption of fresh foods undergoing a low-calorie diet low in fat. Nothing but crap almost exclusively produced apparently healthy and salutary called "sugar free": fruit yogurt, cereal bars, light drinks, dried or dehydrated fruit, mousli and fruit juice: in short, all stuff that is generally considered healthy, low-calorie and often parents give to their children. And the results were shocking. Monitored by a team of doctors, just 18 days after the director was diagnosed with an enlarged liver. With the passage of time it has also worsened the mood, began to suffer from sleepiness, nervousness, apathy up to the depression. At the end of two months he was fattened than eight pounds and waist had increased by 10 cm onto the obesity so on. "I have never changed my calorie intake, but despite this I never felt satisfied," says the director who, when he resumed a normal diet is back to its original weight.

How is it possible? Despite the statements of the labels, the director consumed, through “healthy” foods, about 40 teaspoons of sugar per day, an amount not far from the 28 teaspoons consumed on average by an American teenager (Italians consume 18-20) but very far the 9 teaspoons recommended by the World Health organization (6 for women).

"I decided to make this film to try to shed light on the effects of sugar: one day you read it’s toxic and poisonous, another day it’s good and we need it to produce energy. I thought the only way to get to the truth was to experience everything personally with the help of a team of experts.” The result was surprising: unsuspected foods are not that much better than a glass of cola. "I do not want to demonize sugar, the film's intent is to show people where it is really hiding. Labels are often ambiguous, advertising does the rest: but we must be aware that four grams of sugar are a teaspoon."

The spread of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and all sugar abuses shown in the film (also made into a book) are an invitation to think. It is not only sugar the cause of obesity, but it certainly plays an important role.

I do not know about you, but after seeing these two films and tried to experience into my daily diet what I have learned, I started to feel a strange smell ... the smell of lies.


 
 



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