I’ll be honest…I’ve had issues and challenges, an almost addiction, to sugar in the past. It’s a tough craving or habit to break because sugar makes many foods taste so delicious and it lights up the pleasure centers of the brain. However, studies that show that too much sugar (in the form of natural sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup) not only makes us fat, it damages our liver, messes up our metabolism, impairs brain function, and may leave us susceptible to heart disease, diabetes, even cancer.
Not only is sugar harmful for our health, the new documentary Fed Up calls the effects of sugar a public health disaster. The film is narrated by news anchor Katie Couric and executive produced by Laurie David, who also produced An Inconvenient Truth. The film clearly shows the link between sugar and our most urgent health problems, but especially targets the substance’s effect on childhood obesity, which has more than doubled in the past 30 years.
Writer Erin Sagen for YES Magazine reviews Fed Up and includes this…”If people out there still doubt sugar’s destructive effect on our bodies, Fed Up will definitely change their minds (and eating habits). Especially when they learn that sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine, or that it takes a 110-pound child 75 minutes of bike riding to burn off the calories in one 20-ounce bottle of soda, a fact also found on the film’s website.”
I look forward to seeing the film but, thanks to excellent information sources on health and wellness including Dr. Mercola’s site www.mercola.com, I have already eliminated a great deal of sugar from my diet. I do enjoy a little organic dark chocolate but the cookies, cupcakes, prepared salad dressings, and breakfast cereals have been long gone from my diet. Luckily I have never been a soda drinker. Giving up most sugar was tough at first but got easier as I went along and I feel better and better…and have lost weight too. Read Erin Sagen’s full review of Fed Up in YES Magazine.