THAT SUGAR FILM is one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves often hidden in perceived ‘healthy’ food.
As an experiment, Damon decided to eat only the perceived ‘healthy’ foods that are in fact laden with hidden sugars, like low fat flavoured yoghurt, muesli bars, juices and cereals. Very quickly he developed fatty liver disease and risk of heart disease risk, gained 10 cm of extra weight around the waist, doubled his insulin output and found that his mood and concentration were affected.
But really surprising thing was how quickly he returned to good health once he reverted to his healthy diet. In just eight weeks he was back to good health.
So what did he eat to regain health?
He ate no processed foods, no pasta, no bread or refined flour products.
He began the day with warm lemon in water. This kick starts the cleansing of the liver.
He consumed eggs, vegetables (but no white potato), almonds, chia seeds, quinoa, berries, good fats (like coconut oil, butter and avocado), meat, and chicken and feta cheese.
Damon created the film to provide a place of learning, inspiration and action. In the months ahead, he will provide opportunities to screen the film at schools, make available a study guide we have developed that incorporates interactive activities using the film and soon to be released ‘That Sugar Book’ as tools, as well as Damon’s tips and methods to explain how he got healthy again after the sugar eating experiment. He will also be providing the opportunity to help take action in reducing the sugar content in our school’s canteens and in a very special Aboriginal community that we visit in the film.
“Sugar isn’t evil, but life is so much better when you get rid of it.”