If you're looking for a movie to watch with the family this weekend, we've got just the one. It's called That Sugar Film. It's an Australian documentary that portrays the sugary strangle hold that we are under. Following the footsteps of Morgan Spurlock of Super-Size Me fame, Damon Gameau embarks on a multi-week experiment to show the health effects of a high-sugar diet. Except he doesn't eat sugary sweets and candy, rather he consumes foods that are labeled and marketed as "healthy", "natural", and supposedly good for you.
The film is very well done. It features several interviews with industry experts on both sides of the sugar argument. Here's one such quote from Gary Taubes, Investigative science journalist and author of "Why We Get Fat:"
The sugar industry is absolutely dependent on this idea that it’s just about an energy balance. Because if there's something uniquely deleterious about sugar, then they’re in the realm that cigarettes are in and tobacco and lung cancer. But if it’s just about eating too much or exercising too little…if a calorie of sugar is no different than a calorie of broccoli, they’re fine. Just tell people to moderate their weight. If you’re getting fat, eat less and that’s all there is. So the sugar industry also sort of pushed this idea that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. And yet these calories do dramatically different things in the human body, and they always have.
There are lots of ways to watch the film. You can rent it on iTunes for $0.99, stream it for free with an Amazon Prime account, or rent it in the Google Play market for $3.99. Unfortunately it's not available for streaming on Netflix yet, but if you have their DVD service you can get it there. Check out the trailer and then go watch the full version!