That Sugar Film

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Here’s another film in production about the dangers of eating too much sugar. Working title: “That Sugar Film”. It looks like it could be entertaining enough for quite a few people to see it.

Here’s the trailer:

The filmmaker decides to start eating 40 teaspoons a day – roughly what the average Western teenager eats – to see what happens. He plans on doing it for 60 days. You can follow the effects on his blog, he’s now halfway done.


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  1. Jen
    Only 2 teaspoons of sugar consumed after eating a bowl of oatmeal and a bowl of pasta? I'm thinking that's wrong...?
  2. Tuva
    Poor man.
    Going sugar and wheat free is the best thing I have EVER done for my health and my happiness. I never, ever, want to go back to the sugarinduced misery.
  3. alexandra
    That's what I thought too.. I think it is important to talk about sugar in the diet in all its forms...especially since the push to eat vast amounts of grains is so powerful and comes from many so-called "experts" on the subject. Sounds like they are focusing only on added sugars and may simply perpetuate the myth the of the "magical" whole grain. A footlong sub roll at Subway (part of bigger guy's regular diet) has a minimum of 72 grams of carbs all by itself, that = 14 teaspoons. The medium pineapple chicken pizza he ate is around 200 grams, that = 40 teaspoons. Already over 54 teaspoons per day just on those two bready items alone. The smaller guy.. one cup of cooked oats is over 20 grams = 4 teaspoons of sugar. A typical serving of pasta is 30-40 grams of carbohydrate = to 6-8 teaspoons of sugar, so he is over 10 teaspoons on just those two items. The movie appears ready to ignore the sugar from grains. Unfortunate.
  4. James
    Yeah, I was very curious at how much carbohydrate he was eating (the thinner guy)! So I'm glad you guys confirmed my suspicions. I'm just glad that movies like this are being made. But if this is how much work is required just to get the "added sugar" out our diets, can you imagine the effort required to convince people of the dangers of grains and carbs?? Eish... Lots of work ahead of us boys!
  5. Laurene Weichman
    I would love to show this to my students when it comes out, just a bit concerned about the 'pimp 'scene,' as I teach at a conservative school. I would hate for this to stop me being able to show it to them.
  6. Daci
    I agree. That's very innappropriate to be shown to kids. Women would not appreciate that scene either.
  7. Lori Miller
    I thought the pimp scene was funny. Gratuitous, but funny. I'm much more put off by the film touting oatmeal and pasta, which break down into sugar.

    If you don't know the exact recipe of a food, you can't know how much added sugar is in it unless added sugar is the only source of carbohydrate. With some research, you might estimate it, but isn't it easier (and more effective) to just count carbs?

  8. bill
    My contention is that putting sugar
    in everything isn't LIKE putting nicotine
    in cigarettes, sugar is WHAT they put in
    cigarettes to make them addictive.

    The tobacco industry has been adulterating
    cigarettes with sugar for decades, because
    they know sugar is more addictive than

    Also agree that the film as represented here
    misses the point that carbs break down into
    glucose in the body.

    They totally missed it.

  9. Tom B
    Two things bother me about the the sugar movie.

    1) Refined grain products are harmful in very similar ways. Demonizing sugar will just cause the industry to push "low-sugar" pasta and corn chips. Sugar may be the worst thing but it's not the only bad thing.

    2) There still is this religious attachment to the notion that fruit is healthy. Is fructose suddenly good for you when it's contained in a banana or a bunch of grapes? Of course not! Fruit should not get a free pass. Demonizing sugar but excepting fruit is undermines the whole scientific basis for this documentary.

  10. Clare
    I have read his blog and he does ONLY do fructose as the evil baddie in our diets..... However I am looking forward to the movie.
  11. Nds
    A lot of people have regained their health by just getting rid of fructose, not all carbs. I went a step further and went lchf, but no sugar got rid of 90% of my problems.
  12. Sean
    Like fat, there are good and bad carbs. I don't particularly like this doco, but they do appear to focus on added sugars rather than natural sugar. If you wonder through any shopping mall in any city and observe what the fat people are consuming, where would the bulk of their calories be coming from - fat, protein or carbs? Most will be stuffing their faces with high fat, moderately high carb and low nutrition highly processed junk food. They're not binging on apples and bananas or steamed potatoes and rice or tomatoes or broccoli - all have the bulk of their calories from carbohydrates. Any diet that cuts refined sugar is a good start. Add some movement and you have the perfect mix, people are so damn lazy these days.

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