That Substance , Again

Connecting with last week’s post, Name The Substance, be on the lookout for That Sugar Film (also now a book) a documentary by Damon Gameau, an Australian actor/director.

Along the lines of Morgan Spurlock’s Supersize Me, Gameau decided to consume 40 teaspoons of sugar a day, the average Australian’s intake, for two months. He avoided the obvious sugar picks like candy, chocolate, donuts, and soft drinks. Instead he focused on a low-fat diet centering on refined carbohydrates—think hidden sugar—including such food items we might think of as healthy such as low-fat yogurt, cereals, orange juice, pasta, salad dressings (you get the idea).

The result: he put on weight very quickly even though his calorie intake was the same as when he was eating his normal diet of fresh foods—fish, avocadoes, vegetables, fruits (again, you get the idea). So much for the “calories in/calories out” approach.

Plus, he never felt full on his new diet and was snacking more. He even continued his normal exercise routine during those sixty days.

After 18 days he developed signs of fatty liver. By the end of the project, he was headed for obesity, his mood and ability to concentrate were affected, and even had early signs of coronary disease.

When he went back his usual diet of fresh foods and drinking water, Gameau lost the weight he had gained, and his symptoms disappeared.

Again, the ramifications started to materialize after 18 days. 18 days. Take a few moments to think about your diet, the diet of your family, and of your children.

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