Imagine the current generation of children dying before their parents due to an overload of sugar; this is where we are headed. Sugar is why we are getting fat and why we’re dying before our time. As a physician, I believe that everyone should be aware of what they are putting into their bodies, and how to live a longer, disease-free life. I will reveal some tips on how you can avoid hidden sugar.
I recommend that everyone watch Fed Up – the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. I was fortunate to be one of the first in Canada to see “Fed Up” at a private screening held by Heather Reisman of Indigo/Chapters who was one of the Executive Producers of the movie.
The universal response after the official Canadian premier at Hot Docs was what Heather predicted, “We will eat differently”. My hope is that when people see this story on film, my warnings about sugar will start to sink in.
Think ‘sugar kills’ is an overstatement? Would you agree that heroin can kill? Consider this: sugar is as addictive as heroin, and equally as dangerous.
“Your brain lights up to sugar just as it does with cocaine and heroin, meaning you are going to become an addict.” From Fed Up.
And sugar is even more insidious as addicts choose to start shooting heroin (see the Homer Simpson short cameo in Fed Up shooting up liquefied donuts), while sugar is hidden in many foods we eat. So we can get hooked, unknowingly. Researchers quoted in the film say that of 600,000 food items in the US, a staggering 80 per cent have added sugar.
The film also points out how lousy we can be made to feel about being overweight. I’ll let you in on a secret – you don’t have to shoulder all the blame for extra pounds. Fed Up maintains the real danger behind the epidemic is sugar.
When we say epidemic, what does that mean?
- By 2040, up to 70% of 40 year old Canadians will be either overweight or obese.
- Today, nearly 9 million, or 1 in 4 Canadians, either has diabetes or pre-diabetes. More than 20 people are diagnosed with the disease every hour of every day. 700,000 are undiagnosed.
- 59% of adult Canadians are either overweight or obese.
- By 2050, 1/3rd of ALL Americans will have diabetes.
Do you really know how much sugar you are consuming?
One 20-ounce bottle of regular soda or energy drink contains 275 calories and 68 to 75 grams of sugar (1 teaspoon of sugar has approximately 4-5 grams of sugar). Yes doing that math you are ingesting 12 to 15 teaspoons of sugar – twice the daily amount recommended for an adolescent boy. If you look at your food labels, you will find no percentage recommended sugar intake, whereas it is noted for salt. Odd isn’t it?
How can you tell if a product has added sugar in it? Read all the ingredients on the Nutritional Facts label. And if it doesn’t say sugar on it, make sure you check for its other 56 names. Surprised? Click here for a list of those other names. Or check out this Instagram infographic provided by FedUp.
Watch Fed Up, playing in Toronto Varsity Cinemas, in Vancouver at Fifth Avenue at in Montreal at the Forum, and you may never eat the same way again. I sincerely hope you don’t.
If you don’t have a chance to watch the movie, start by reading Kate Lunau’s recent front page article in Macleans Death By Sugar.
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