Australian Damon Gameau directs and stars in That Sugar Film, a new documentary distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films, and which is scheduled to be released in the U.S. on July 31, 2015. That Sugar Film is already the highest grossing domestically-produced documentary in Australian film history and features cameo appearances by Hugh Jackman and other well-known Aussies. It’s currently rated 64% by RottenTomatoes, which is just slightly above average.
Gameau is on a personal mission to prove that a spoonful of sugar is the root of many common health problems. So move over Morgan Spurlock who used the same shocking and personal approach to document the evils of dietary fat. Gameau sets himself up as the sole guinea pig in a 60-day experiment where he dutifully consumes 40 teaspoons of sugar per day. This is the same amount the average Australian is estimated to consume.
The results: Gameau ended up with fatty liver disease. He increased his waist size by 10 cm of body fat. He experienced mood swings. And he showed early signs of cardiovascular disease.
The big surprising reveal: Gameau did all this while continuing his daily exercise regime and by eating so-called “healthy” foods like cereals, smoothies, snack bars and fruity yogurts.
I haven’t seen That Sugar Film yet, but it’s for sure another nail in the sugar coffin. Here’s the link to the YouTube trailer:
It really is the sugar, stupid! Caloric sweeteners make you fat. They make you sick. And they make you tired!
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The Huffington Post
We know that too much sugar is bad for our waistlines and our heart health, but now there’s mounting evidence that high levels of sugar consumption can also have a negative effect on brain health — from cognitive function to psychological wellbeing.
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Servings: 4 (4-ounce portions)
2 large boneless chicken breasts
½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon coarse salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon Italian spice
Lightly pound the chicken breasts to a uniform thickness, about ½ thick. Brush lightly with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and Italian spices. Grill on a medium hot grill 7-8 minutes per side, turning once. Can be cooked on an inside, stove top ... Read More
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