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.
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.
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.
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