On March 10, the documentary "Sugar" is released for rent - the story of how dietary products imposed by food magnates are almost the main cause of obesity. The creators of the documentary not only tell the whole truth about sugar, but also destroy the most common myths about proper nutrition.
Have you ever wondered how many tablespoons of sugar you eat each day? No, we are not talking about the sugar that you add or do not add to morning coffee - everything is clear with it. We are interested in whether you considered how much sugar is contained in those supposedly wholesome foods that you buy in the supermarket? Damon Gamo, an Australian director and protagonist of the movie "Sugar", set out to not only find the answer to this question, but also by his own example (read: the body) to find out how sugar actually affects our life. Damon, who had been eating exclusively natural products for several years, decided to start eating sugar again for the experiment and make it the main component of his diet.
An important remark: it’s not just about sugar, but hidden sugar contained in products that entrepreneurial manufacturers label as “healthy” and “dietary”. No ice cream, chips and soda - just smoothies, low fat yogurts, cereal and granola. It was these products that became for Damon the main source of those 40 teaspoons of sugar that, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the average citizen of the country eats every day.
"Sugar" does not look like a regular documentary Cinema, it is rather an informative and exciting reality show, from which it is simply impossible to break away. Damon uses a lot of unusual tricks for science, which make the film easy to understand and ideal for family viewing.
Stephen Fry alone, reading poems about sucrose, what it costs! Although not, Hugh Jackman, who tells the story of sugar using sand drawings, deserves special mention and admiration.
Damon Gamo emphasizes: the purpose of the film is not to encourage everyone to give up sugar, but rather to draw people's attention to the fact that the composition of the majority of “healthy” products in supermarkets does not meet the goals that stated on their labels. Here are five of the most popular myths about sugar and proper nutrition, which Damon not only questioned, but also experimentally denied.
For over 10 years, low-fat products have been incredibly popular with those who want to lose weight or, conversely, not gain too much. The main character of the film, following this trend, made his diet exclusively from low-fat low-calorie foods.
But alas, it turned out that they are completely unsuitable for dietary nutrition - the lack of fats, which, incidentally, are necessary for the body to work together, manufacturers compensate for a large amount of sugar. As a result, in a month of such a “low-calorie” diet, Damon gained five kilograms, added seven centimeters at the waist and stopped feeling full, regardless of how much he ate for lunch or dinner. Thus, portions became larger, and snacks between meals more often.
If you are still struggling with a bad mood with chocolate or sweet soda, we hasten to upset you: this "therapy" has a dangerous side effect. Sweets stimulate the production of serotonin in the body, but their excess can lead to serious nervous disorders such as chronic depression and insomnia.
Damon, who had never before been characterized by a sharp change of mood, after a few weeks of the “sugar” diet noticed qualitative changes in his behavior - eating something sweet, he felt cheerful and full of energy, but after an hour he became detached and lethargic . If you eat a lot of sweets, the concentration of sugar in the blood first increases sharply, which leads to a feeling of overexcitation, and then drops sharply - apathy and lethargy as a result.
Sugar acts on the same parts of the brain as nicotine, cocaine and sex. If a person often eats sweets, he gets used to the feeling of happiness from receiving a tasty reward - he develops unconscious reflexes that respond with accuracy of the clockwork to each image of sweet food. The more sugar you consume, the more you want it.
Please note that the policy of all large companies producing sweets is based on the assertion that in moderation their products do not pose any danger. Representatives of food corporations always emphasize: a person chooses what to eat and in what quantities and, accordingly, he is responsible for the consequences of overeating. The only problem is that foods with a high sugar content are almost impossible to consume in moderation.
If you are firmly determined to reduce your sugar intake, make it a rule to carefully read the product labels before buying. Even if there is no ill-fated word “sugar” in the composition, and instead of it proud sugar free appears on the packaging - do not rejoice ahead of time.
Manufacturers have long come up with a dozen names that one way or another denote sugar without naming it. Try to avoid products with the following ingredients in the composition: high-fructose corn, maple or cane syrup, molasses, sucrose, various fruit concentrates. In no case do you try to replace sugar with artificial sweeteners (they are simply dangerous for your health) and fructose: Damon, using the example of Brenton Thwaites’s organism, tells in detail (and shows) how fructose affects organs - by the way, no good actor Suffered.
Representatives of the food industry over the past 50 years have not ceased to say that obesity is always the result of uncontrolled consumption of high-calorie foods and lack of physical activity. Based on this logic, being complete means being lazy and greedy.
But Damon, by his example, proved the opposite: he calculated that during the experiment he consumed as many calories as before. For example, before the experiment, he ate nuts and avocados - they contain more calories than sugar: there are nine calories per gram of fat, and four calories per gram of carbohydrate. It is this knowledge that underlies the idea that fat is the main culprit of excess weight. After 60 days of the experiment, Damon’s analyzes showed that the liver was overgrown with fat (and this is the first step towards the most dangerous and massive type 2 diabetes), the level of triglyceride, that is, blood fat, from healthy 0.08 units jumped to 1, 5.
This indicator indicates that good cholesterol was replaced by harmful dense LDL cholesterol, which can lead to malfunctions of the heart - it attaches to the walls of arteries and forms plaques. And, of course, the main result is overweight. 8.5 kilograms in two months. It turns out that Damon is a living proof that not the calories themselves are to blame for everything, but their source.
Thus, calorie counting as the main criterion for evaluating food is untenable and should be reviewed. By the way, there is no scientific evidence that would testify that sugar causes chronic diseases. But note: all sugar research is sponsored by major sugar moguls and sweet soda makers. Draw conclusions.
And to find out what other unexpected discovery Damon faced during his "sugar" experiment and what kind of unpleasant surprise the director was waiting for after his end, buy tickets on the CDK website by clicking on this link and come to the cinema.