I recently watched Is Sugar the New Fat? and I found the film to be extremely informative. It is a documentary that highlights the negative implications of consuming sugar in our diets. Nigel Latta, a New Zealand psychologist and author, narrated the film and interviewed everyday people and different health professionals such as Dr. Robert Lustig, a leading health authority and Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Lustig talked about the toxicity of sugar and its implications in bad health outcomes such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. According to the Mayo Clinic, metabolic syndrome is a group of health conditions that happen simultaneously and increases our risk for chronic diseases.
One of the best things about this documentary is that it is educational. Sugar is being put in foods without us knowing it. When you go grocery shopping, look at the nutritional labels of items you normally buy, and you will be surprised that some items contain sugar.
I like the interviews throughout the film because they emphasized how consuming too much sugar can lead to chronic diseases, even if you look fit and lean. Without giving away too much, the interviews also confirmed there is an increase in the number of children having one or multiple teeth extracted for dental reasons.
Overall, this is a great film that supports the World Health Organization’s recommendation to reduce free sugars and sugars from sources such as syrups and honey, without putting a limitation on consuming intrinsic sugars like those found in fruits and vegetables. If you are looking for motivation to reduce your sugar intake or your children's sugar intake, I recommend watching it.
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References and Resources:
Dr. Robert Lustig: https://robertlustig.com/
Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and motivational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice, probable diagnosis, or recommended treatments. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional with any questions about a medical condition or about changing your diet.