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Find out the secrets of so called "Health Food"
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Most of us follow a relatively healthy lifestyle. We exercise regularly and we watch what we eat and drink. However some of us tend to think that if there's less fat, then it must be healthy, thus ignoring the amount of sugar found in 80% of the food we eat. Have you ever read and tried to quantify how much sugar is in the food we eat? Do we really understand the technical words that we read on the food packets?

A good example is fructose - a sugar which is naturally found in fruits, vegetables and honey. It's approximately 1.2 times the sweetness of refined sugar in some food applications. For the past 20 years, fructose in crystallised form is widely used as a sweetener in food and beverages.

David Gillespie is an author who has written a book called 'Sweet Poison'. He wrote that 'fructose' is a poison that is slowly killing us and if consumed in vast quantities can lead to chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

David also stated that fructose does not satisfy hunger. We therefore consume more than what our body requires and as a result, pile on those extra kilos. The consequences of being over weight can be horrendous. Apart from affecting us physically , the toll it takes on our mental health can be fatal.Monash University states that:"Australia is today ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world. The prevalence of obesity in Australia has more than doubled in the past 20 years."

Gillespie recommends eating only two serves of fruit daily, as outlined by the Australian Dietary Guidelines. His book also suggests that drinking fruit juice can be detrimental to our health.

He added that to prevent obesity and chronic disease, all sweet-tasting food should be avoided But according to Nutrition Australia there is no evidence that excessive consumption of sucrose (fructose) is harmful to our health, and furthermore, there is no evidence to support that added fructose is 'poison'.

Although we know that Australians are partial to sweetened foods and drink and would benefit from reducing the intake, is it unnecessary to cut it out altogether?Gillespie claims that 'Every day that fructose remains a part of our diet, is a death sentence for thousands of Australians'. Is there any truth to this?

That Sugar Film is a one man's journey to discover the truth about sugar.

Under the guidance of a nutritionist, Doctor and a Psychologist, Damon Gameau embarks on a 60 days experiment. Damon will consume food that is supposedly healthy but is in fact laden with hidden sugar, like cereals, fruit juice and low fat yoghurt, documenting the effect of a high sugar diet on a healthy body. In this film he travels to outback Australia, and discovered the effects of too much sugar in the health of the Aboriginal community that he visited.

That Sugar Film is so powerful and very informative and is presented in a very entertaining and theatrical way. It will change the way you think about "healthy food".It is an eye-opener. I walked away thinking all those food that I've been eating are actually full of bad calories.

At the end of the day, moderation is the key word, and remember the adage - "We are what we eat". The Sugar film is directed by Damon Gameau. He is an Australian television and film actor. His most well-known roles include the Australian series Love My Way, the 2002 Australian film The Tracker, and a role in the US series How I Met Your Mother.

According to Damon, this film is more than just a film. The aim is to provide awareness to the community, and specifically school canteens of what too much sugar can do to our health.

That Sugar Film hits the road throughout March for a special series of Q&A screenings with director and star of the film Damon Gameau.


  • Sydney Travelling Film Festival Wagga* Friday, 6th March | 7:00pm

  • Palace Norton Street Monday, 9th March | 5:45pm, 6:15pm SOLD OUT

  • Dendy Newtown Monday, 9th March | 8:00pm SOLD OUT,

  • Event Cinemas Bondi Junction Tuesday, 10th March | 5:45pm, 6:15pm SOLD OUT

  • Orpheum Cinemas Tuesday, 10th March | 8:00pm

  • Randwick Ritz Wednesday, 11th March | 6:00pm

  • Event Cinemas Macquarie Wednesday, 11th March | 8:00pm, 8:30pm

  • Event Cinemas Newcastle Thursday, 12th March | 6:15pm

  • Palace Byron Bay Thursday, 19th March | 6:15pm

  • Sydney Travelling Film Festival Grafton* Saturday, 28th March | 4:00pm

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    Why? To learn the affect of too much sugar in our diet
    When: Touring around NSW on March 2015
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    Your Comment
    Link to In seasons screenings can be found here>>
    by jekka (score: 0|7) 1742 days ago
    Hi there

    You should still be able to buy a ticket at Event Cinema Bondi Junction on the 10th of March. Randwick Ritz on the 11th, Event Cinema at macquarie on the 11th of March as well.
    Thank you
    by Mila Wood (score: 1|73) 1742 days ago
    Today is the second of May, I tried to buy tickets but all Sydney's sessions are sold out, will the film be shown again? Thank you
    by amfue (score: 0|2) 1742 days ago
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