That Sugar Film

1 h 41 min2021PG-13
Damon Gameau embarks on an experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body.
Samuel Goldwyn Films
Damon Gameau
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greenecarReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you really want to improve your health for the rest of your like, start by watching "That Sugar Film".
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I am a 72 year old morbidly obese male. During my life I have tried many diets. I have tried Atkins, South Beach, Mediteranian, Weight Watchers, and others. None provided me with a long term solution to my excess weight problem. Two years ago, I began to do research, hoping to find the cause of my failure to reduce and control my weight. About one year ago, I found that the cause is carbohydrates. All carbohydrates are like poison to my body. Refined sources like corn syrup and fructose are the most toxic. I now follow the Ketogenic Diet nutrition plan. I consume no more than 25 grams of carbohydrate each day. I continue to drop 1-2 pounds each week, my blood markers continue to improve, and I feel better and think better as each day passes.

That Sugar Film conveys a very strong and truthful message. I applaude Damon Gameau for putting out a very honest and entertaining documentary. During the making of the piece, Damon not only talked the talk, he walked the walk. He literally put his life in danger to get his point across. He is a very brave and committed young man.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 30, 2016
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Watch this video and change your life
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This movie is life changing IF you are willing to listen. We are sugar free now thanks to this video. More importantly we have made huge improvements in our health. I am talking not just about losing weight without trying I am talking about correcting potentially deadly medical conditions and going off of medications. There are warnings you need to know about if you are going to go off of sugar. First get a blood pressure meter if you are on medications for high blood pressure. My better half went off sugar and sugary natural foods (sweet fruits, juices, potatoes, breads and starches) with the result that his blood pressure medications were making him ill. We called the GP who insisted it was an allergy to one of the BP medications because "you do not suddenly stop needing blood pressure medications due to dietary changes" She was wrong. If you stop eating sugar you start eating other things and your blood pressure can normalize very quickly. Expect radical personality changes - improved sex drive, better mood (once you adjust) and feeling much healthier and more energized. In addition to our behavior that of our 6 year old daughter's behavior changed radically. Yes, you can mitigate many of the symptoms of Asperger's by removing sugar! Expect to need new clothes. There is that wonderful feeling that comes with losing weight without having to work for it. You will find that vegetables are sweet and that things considered too tart to eat without sugar now have a sweet taste. As an example with time I found myself getting the same taste reaction to lemon water that I used to get from lemonade. On the down side you will never enjoy the taste of sweets again. Ick. You would not believe how nasty sugary treats now taste.
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This Is My Real Name, I Had It Legally ChangedReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good info, don't believe the Slate propaganda / hit piece.
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It's pretty funny that right after watching this film, I of course found a Slate article calling it a "stupid movie" with bad science given by a panel of "charlatans and cranks." Most of this stuff in the film we all kind of know already, so it's pretty absurd how the author of this Slate piece continues the exact same BS (proven fraud) that began with The Sugar Papers.

Never heard of The Sugar Papers?

Google "The Sugar Papers." That tells you everything you need to know that these sort of articles (like Slate's hit piece) are just more BS in a long line of BS. Just as it says in the film, the sugar industry's job was to make sure there is no consensus about sugar in order to stay profitable. If that isn't enough, check out the award-winning documentary The Century of the Self about the origins of Public Relations and the blatant war businesses fought with the US government to win the right to lie to the American people. It's fascinating and it shows this is also the origin of when people stopped trusting the government (spoiler: part of the PR tactic to fight the government trying to regulate their lies was actually lying to the American people about the government in all the papers and tv, making them look like the bad guy for going after private enterprises who were doing nothing wrong. Our government was not prepared for that and it actually worked so well that now our government itself is run by these big businesses. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Propaganda was officially legalized in USA with the NDAA in 2012, btw.)

At this point, anyone who believes industry-funded science which just happens to exonerate a suspect industry is a moron. There is a known peer-review problem in the scientific community and we have a decades-long history of proof that industry-funded scientists lied and our government experts lied (again: Google "The Sugar Papers"). And if they didn't intentionally lie, we have also seen that they are often just plain wrong, but this is revealed to consumers after they've been following this bad advice for 20 or 30 years of their lives already.

The film is definitely worth watching, although it's padded with some fluff to make it feature length. If they took out a half hour of fluff and replaced it with more scientific facts and details, that would have been money better spent than all the fancy graphics in the movie. But, people watch movies like this to be entertained, so maybe I'm wrong. I deducted 1 star for some cutesy stuff that I didn't find entertaining, just a waste of time.

There are always going to be those Slate-reading types who tow party lines and beep their status quo funny clown noses as they spew more uninformed BS like you find in the Slate article...but, for anyone who has just come back from the doctor and learned they have "metabolic syndrome," take sugar off your diet and watch how fast that reverses. It is exactly what you see in the movie and it works every time. Hang out on AIP forums and you will see 100% success rate with people who dumped 30+ pounds of visceral fat and reversed course away from diabetes, fatty liver, etc. simply be cutting sugar out of their diet (that includes carbs that just immediately turn into sugar, which is not only the obvious like bread, pasta, and fries, but also supposedly "healthy" foods as shown in this film).

The guy in this movie ends up exactly where I was 4 months ago. Cutting sugar out of my diet, I lost 30 pounds in about 3 months and have simply kept it off, feeling great, no mood swings or trouble concentrating, just like it shows in the movie. I actually did the same thing about 10 years ago, but I slowly slipped back to my old ways because it's just too easy to eat unhealthy even when you're trying to be healthy. You basically have to prepare all your own meals and when you go out, you will quickly see that restaurants and prepackaged foods are heavy on carbs and sugar.

Anyone can prove this movie is true for themselves by simply experimenting with sugar. Keep an accurate food diary to prove to yourself just how serious your sugar cravings might be. It's a similar approach to what he does in the movie. Then, cut it out almost entirely: limit your sugar intake to 2 small pieces of fruit a day (but no bananas, they are high in sugar). Avoid carbs which simply turn into sugar like all breads, pastas and potatoes. Instead of all those "bad" carbs, you can eat yams (sweet potatoes), jicama and green plantains. Don't eat sweet potato french fries, though, because they're fried in the wrong kind of fat. Eat healthy fats instead: olive oil, coconut oil, and avocados. Cube a sweet potato (yam) and bake it in a pan with a little olive oil at 350 degrees for a half hour. Add salt for a "sweet potato french fry" sort of taste; add salt and cinnamon for a delicious desert sort of taste. Green plantains can be sliced and baked the same way in coconut oil for "plantain chips". Just add salt and they're delicious! Besides this, just eat meat and plenty of salads and steamed vegetables with nothing but olive oil, white vinegar and some salt. Dressings have a lot of sugar in them, so avoid them.

Not only did a standard american diet make me 30 pounds overweight in exactly the same way as this movie shows, it also caused incredible full-body inflammation which led to muscle and joint pain, headaches, brain fog and several other debilitating conditions. I never thought of "chronic inflammation" as a serious term until I learned chronic inflammation is behind every major life-threatening illness like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc.
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G ChavezReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I first saw this documentary three years ago and that was all it took for me to make a drastic change and give up sugar completely, I mean cold turkey. I researched various diets and began to read the nutrition labels and was astonished to find that there's sugar in just about every packaged food you find at the supermarket. A tip I learned is to stay away from the center aisles of supermarkets (that's where you find processed "fake food") and stick to the perimeter because that's where you'll find fresh produce and fruits, dairy, and meat market, in other words, "real food."

After my research, I decided to embark on a keto lifestyle three years ago because it cuts out added sugars and refined carbs, which turn into sugar, and it has worked wonders for me. I lost 60 pounds and reached my goal weight of 138 pounds in eight months. My doctor discontinued my blood pressure medication because my readings were consistently normal after I lost the first twenty pounds. Pre-keto, I was considered "obese" although many people would tell me I didn't look fat because my weight was well distributed. Three years later, I'm still maintaining my weight because I continue to follow keto. When I first started keto, the first two weeks were hell because I was addicted to sugar, as most people are, and I was literally going through withdrawal symptoms (headaches, mood swings, craving everything carb and sugar related, slight nausea, loss of sleep, fatigue, general malaise). The term for this is "keto-flu." It went on daily for two weeks and at one point, I was feeling so miserable that I seriously considered stopping keto but decided to tough it out. I'm so glad I didn't quit because I clearly remember waking up one morning and immediately noticing that I FELT GREAT! No aches or pains and no more keto flu! Here's the thing, as part of keto, I consume healthy "fats" (real butter, ghee, avocado, etc.) and that's the one thing the Standard American Diet tells you to avoid because "fat will make you fat" and will lead to heart disease even though there is no documented scientific proof of this, I know because I researched that too. In my humble opinion, that's a bunch of crock because I took a baseline cholesterol test prior to starting keto and my cholesterol levels were out of whack in a bad way especially my bad cholesterol (LDL). I have checked my cholesterol every year since then and my good cholesterol (HDL) continues to rise and my bad cholesterol and triglycerides continue to drop so much so that my cholesterol test is now "normal." Not to mention that all those healthy "fats" helped me lose 60 pounds and all I did was cut out added sugar and refined carbs. Wow, who knew? I watched this documentary again today because I want to remind myself that I made a very important life-altering decision the day I decided to cut sugar from my diet and I no longer crave it.

Keto is not for everyone and you should certainly discuss this with your healthcare provider before starting any diet. I am not promoting or recommending keto, I'm just telling you my personal experience and the health benefits I reaped from cutting out sugar. I enhanced the quality of my health and my life when I made the conscious, educated decision to take control of the quality of food I shoved into my pie hole.
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MarlyReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
An eye opening experiment!
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A man becomes his own lab rat in order to document his journey, by experimenting with eating 40 tsp of sugar a day for 60 days. He eats the same amount of calories as his prior healthy diet when he was lean and fit.... when he ate only healthy plant foods, meats and healthy fats, and within those 60 days of eating 40 tsp of sugar a day gained 15 pounds in weight. After 60 days has 7% more body fat.He also developed a pre diabetic condition, developed a fatty liver and would be heading towards heart disease and so many other medical maladies due to his bad food choices. His high sugar diet diet mimics most of the diets in America, even though he kept up with exercise.

To see a person's health carode within 60 short days was an eye opener. This was a young guy...It was exposed how food giants paid for their own
studies, filled with lies and deception in order to create profits and deceive the public into thinking a calorie is a calorie.....By adding more sugar to
beverages and products until it reached a point where the masses became addicted and obese... Also showing that rats preferred sugar to heroin...the sugar addiction throughout the world has become a world wide epidemic, thanks to the greedy food industries who make empty caloric
products. Foods and beverages with no redeeming qualities and zero nutrient value..

It's one of the most profound films I've ever seen on this subject...even though I've read books about the dangers of sugar, this brings it home to
a totally difference sense of reality. It's visual...It's watching a man start off healthy and slowly his body is fading...He's tired, he's starting to look
terrible...his skin, his eyes, his mind, his demeanor...He's lost his spark although he's young and vibrant and trying his best to overcome the power
of sugar...we can see how he too has joined the rank and file of those who choose foods with obvious sugar and those with hidden sugar over
healthy vegetables and good fats.. People have been disillusioned to believe fruit drinks are healthy, because why not, it's fruit...Jamba juice has
40 teaspoons of sugar per serving. Seeing a cup of it and watching someone drink it was enough to have made me remember this fact for the rest of my life...One thing I have to say about this film....It was a huge eye opener...Every packaged foods on the shelves of American supermarkets
have some form of hidden sugar. Only safe place to shop would be in produce aisles, dairy and meats/fish/poultry departments.

I found myself checking everything I was eating...finding out that my oatmeal (cooked from whole oats) is safe...low in long as I don't
add any. A few berries and some yogurt and I'm safe...No juice, no packaged cereals, no sweetened yogurt, not even juicing my fruit...a glass
of juiced fruit, even in my own juicer would produce a drink with about 15 teaspoons of sugar...for a small glass...Not going to be something I'd
ever do again...never throwing out the fiber and believing I was doing something good for myself..

A life changer...This should be a required film for every parent, every child in school and every person everywhere to see and understand. We
have become a country of a disease model. We deserve to be educated and take back control of our lives...Big pharma controls us because the
food industries have been destroying our health. I don't feel this film was in any way biased...Damon Gameau allowed himself to prove to his
audience that his body nearly fell apart in 60 days eating like most Americans eat every single day.
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B. LeoReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sugar is Evil ... Thanks for the Wake UP call, Damon Gameau
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I cut out sugar years ago...lost almost 60 lbs. I didn't know then, how badly sugar really affected my body. Over the past few months, somehow I fell off the wagon. It was subtle a piece of candy here, then it went on to ice cream. Strangely enough, I was also feeling very lonely during this time. I gained 10 lbs! Maybe it was a wake up call to come across this movie.. but this is exactly what happened! It's like even My Brain started getting fuzzy, and I began to make bad choices. All this started happening, when I started eating small amounts of sugar.

I'm glad I saw this - it was exactly what I needed to watch. I can now get back on track and UP my awareness once again. It is human to forget. I'm not lazy either - I work a lot, and self employed. But the sneaky ways that sugar creeps back in my diet are so apparent, it is almost evil.

I'm in my 60's - and interestingly enough...when I started eating sugar, my arthritis also began giving me more problem - No surprise, right?
Juliana in NJ
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MariaReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Motivating and entertaining
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Watched it with my teenage daughter. We both decided to go off processed sugar for a month afterwards. So far it's been easy. This film has raised our consciousnesses and motivated us to look a little closer at what we are putting inside our bodies. Have found lots of hidden sugar in our foods! An entertaining way to get an educational message across! The physiology described is limited but accurate, and easy to remember.
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KskyReviewed in the United States on February 8, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun informative movie...and my sugar free experience.
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I was very impressed at the fun and playful way this documentary was done. Not only was it informative but it was visually fun to watch and had a positive buoyancy to it. In my mid 20s-early 30s when I was single I was completely off sugar (all forms) for 8 years, I felt the most healthy, effortlessly present and relaxed during those years, though it took the first few to get there via detox. I had many of the experiences that Damon presents in the detox process at the end of the movie, and know the difference between a mind and body on sugar and one off sugar that he shows the viewer. You can't know the difference until you experience being sugar free for a good chunk of time--I would venture from 6 months to a year or 2, depending on how much detoxing your body needs to do.

I will also say if you plan to do it, be prepared for what they say in the film, not only physical detox symptoms but psychological and emotional ones, like temporary depression or anxiety. But know they will pass. I highly recommend meditation to help you learn not to identify with the detox symptoms that come up, and just let them pass through like clouds. This is particularly helpful with the mental and emotional detox (I used Vipassana meditation).

Another thing, in our progress oriented culture, sugar is a go to to keep going, so you may have to try to let yourself be okay with resting, and doing nothing, sleeping more, at random times as you body detoxes. Without sugar to jack you up whenever you're feeling down, you are also likely to experience your body's natural cyclical need for rest over the course of your sugar free life, and hopefully you won't feel guilty for it, but rather honor it. If you use coffee or other stimulants, that's another matter--one worth examining.

That leads me to one other topic: for some people, sugar detox leads to sugar "replacement". Which can be anything from eating more of other things, spending more time online, buying things, anything to distract from the emotions, thoughts and symptoms that the detox process may incur. I recommend consciously choosing some empowering item or action, prior to even starting to detox, such as going for a walk, sitting in a chair and breathing slowly and deeply for 1 min, or doing a squat to get some good endorphines pumping. Whatever works, but plan ahead for that time you hit a point of rebounding back to sugar or filling sugar's place with another unhealthy item or action, and have that healthy item or action ready to fill the gap.

There are forums out there online and on facebook: Sugar Anonymous etc. if you need support and don't have it nearby. Now (45) I still eat organic/local, no processed foods and have a low sugar intake, but feel how sugar, even "healthy" varieties, don't help me out when I eat them.
"That Sugar Film" has re-inspired me to explore being completely sugar free again. Good luck to those who try it, you'll likely have a more calm, emotionally even, mentally present and physically healthy human experience to look forward to. ;)
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