This is how sugar can kill you


This is how sugar can kill you

A new documentary will change the way you think about “healthy” food

Remember Morgan Spurlock’s life-altering documentary Super Size Me? The one where Spurlock lived exclusively on McDonalds for a month? Australian actor and film-maker Damon Gameau has used the same treatment with what we commonly perceive as “healthy sugar” for That Sugar Film.

“All the sugars that I was eating were found in perceived healthy foods, so low-fat yogurts, and muesli bars, and cereals, and fruit juices, sports drinks… These kind of things that often parents would give their kids thinking they’re doing the right thing,” Gameau told Yahoo. He was averaging at 40 teaspoons of sugar a day – quite the same as an average teenager.

Within three weeks he started developing the fatty liver disease, which eventually leads to liver failure. He was also “knocking on the doors of obesity” as he puts it. The film doesn’t take the extreme view that you need to go off sugar altogether, it just encourages you to be aware of the source. “Sugar’s now in 80 per cent of the processed food we’re eating. If we can remove that, that’s the first step towards making a change.”

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