That Sugar Film Review

That Sugar Film Review

I finally took the time to sit down and watch That Sugar Film this week and I thought you might like to hear my thoughts on it.  I really liked most of it but had a few issues with a few bits and pieces.  You can watch my full review below and I’ll type up the highlights if you’d prefer to read them.

 

That Sugar Film is the story of documentarian Damon Gameau’s decision to eat 40 tsp of sugar a day, the sugar consumption of the average Australian.  If you’ve seen Super Size Me, you are already familiar with the layout of the film because it’s very close to the same pattern except with sugar as the villain instead of McDonalds.

The Good

It’s Entertaining – The one thing that is immediately clear as you watch this film is that great effort has gone in to making this film as entertaining as possible from start to finish.  There are musical numbers, sketches, short but compelling stories and a throughline of the effect of sugar on Gameau’s body and life.

It’s Visual – Rarely do we get any kind of fact or statistic given to us that it doesn’t also have some kind of visual aid to help us grasp what is going on.  When we are told Australians eat 40 tsp of sugar a day, we get 40 tsp of sugar stacked on a table.  At one point, instead of eating the food with the sugar included, he eats food without sugar and spoons on an equivalent amount of sugar and eats it like that.  For instance, instead of eating a granola bar, he eats the same amount of sugar in a granola bar sandwiched between 2 watercress crackers in a sugar sandwich.  It’s actually a little stomach-turning to watch.

We See the Stories of Several Different People Groups – From Aboriginal tribes on the Outback to Kentucky teens in the Appalachian Mountains, we see how sugar effects people across the globe.

The Bad

Do People Really Eat 40 Tsp of Sugar a Day? – When I saw that pile of sugar that Australians supposedly eat per day, my jaw dropped.  That was a HUGE amount of sugar!  But when I decided to do some research after the film, I couldn’t find anything to substantiate that claim. What I read put it at about 19 tsp a day, or less than half of what Gameau claimed.  That’s still a lot of sugar but let’s get our facts straight.

Can Mountain Dew Cause That Much Damage by 18? – There was a Kentucky teenager in the film who drank Mountain Dew his entire life and had the most awful looking mouth I have ever seen in my life.  The teeth he still had were rotten and black but mostly it was just a mouth full of bloody gums.  I’ve known people that have consumed soft drinks for twice as long as this kid and they don’t have teeth anywhere near like this.  But you know who does have teeth like that?  Meth users.  You know where you can find all the meth you want for dirt cheap? Kentucky.  I don’t know anything about this kid and I might be totally wrong, but that sure looked a lot more like meth-mouth than Mountain Dew-mouth.

Experts? – There were interviews from credentialed and respected nutritionists, dietitians, and food and health reporters that had very good things to say.  There were also interviews from people that really had no business in any kind of serious documentary.  I go into detail in the video above but the documentary did a terrible job of letting you know which people in the interviews you should listen to and respect their opinion and who have not done any research whatsoever and are generally considered crackpots by the larger scientific community.  It was so bad that I really had to question a lot of other information in the documentary because he did such a bad job of bringing reputable experts in to give their insights.

The Verdict

Bottom line, I liked this film.  It’s fast paced, has great information, and is easy to watch and digest.  While it covers a lot of the same ground as other anti-sugar documentaries, Gameau has his own spin on it and adds his personal spin on it.  I would definitely check it out, especially if you have Amazon Prime because it’s totally free.

What did you think?  Let me know in the comments.

What’s Sugar Free at the Grocery Store: Ice Cream Edition!

What's Sugar Free at the Grocery Store: Ice Cream Edition!

It’s time for another What’s Sugar Free at the Grocery Store post where we pick one section of the grocery store and look at every item to see what contains no added sugar.  This week we are looking at the Ice Cream aisle for the primary reason that if I’m going to have a little treat, it’s probably going to be ice cream.  Memories of me sitting at the kitchen table sharing a bowl of Blue Bell with my Grandpa are etched strongly on my psyche and so ice cream has kind of become my go-to snack.

Please keep in mind that I’m in no way saying that these are products are so healthy that you can have a bowl every night and not see weight gain. I’m just saying that if you are going to buy some ice cream for you or your family, you might be better off buying one of the varieties below.  Also the sugar replacements are listed next to the items so you can compare it to our good and bad list of sugars and sugar substitutes.

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Breyer’s No Sugar Added – Contains Maltodextrin and Sucralose (Available varieties: Mint Chip Swirl, Salted Caramel Swirl, Vanilla, Neapolitan, and Butter Pecan)

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Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom Ice Cream – Contains Maltodextrin, Polydextrose, Sorbitol, and Sucralose (Available Varieties of Ice Cream: Vanilla, Cherry Vanilla, Chocolate, Double Strawberry, Brownie Sundae, Caramel Toffee Crunch, Bunny Tracks, Butter Pecan, Mint Chocolate Chip, Banana Split)

Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom Novelties – Contains Maltodextrin, Polydextrose, Sorbitol, and Sucralose (Available Varieties: Vanilla Krunch Ice Cream Bar,Fudge Bars, Ice Cream Sandwiches, Vanilla Bars, Ice Cream Cones)

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Sugar Free Popsicles – Contains Maltodextrin and Aspertame  (Available Varieties: Orange, Cherry, Grape; Tropicals; Original Cream Pops

2/24 Weightloss Wednesday: Things are Continuing!

Weightloss Wednesday - 2-24

It’s been an odd week and I haven’t been able to weigh myself for the last few days so I don’t really know where I am in terms of my weight loss.  However, I did find a new exercise app call Sworkit that I’ve really enjoyed using the last few days.  Here’s my check-in for the week!

 

Sugar Free Red Pasta Sauce Recipe!

Sugar Free Red Pasta Sauce Recipe!

Before my wife and I cut out the sugar from our diet, spaghetti night was always a staple in our weekly meal plan.  We always just browned some hamburger meat, threw in a jar of Ragu and spooned it all over spaghetti noddles.  It took minutes to make and everyone loved it.  But now that we were getting rid of all the processed carbs and sugars, we knew that the spaghetti had to go so we invested in a little kitchen tool that turns zucchini into thin strips that do a reasonable job of passing for spaghetti.

So imagine our dismay when we head to the store to get some sauce to go over our noodles when we realize our old friend Ragu was full of sugar.  No big deal, there are dozens of sauces on the store so we moved down to the Prego and discovered the same thing.  Then Hunt’s, then Barilla, then Bertolli and so on until we finally had to come to grips with the fact that virtually all the red pasta sauces on the shelf contained added sugar.  Fortunately, we had a family recipe for Spaghetti Sauce that Dian would cook all day in the Crockpot but I really needed something a lot faster.  Something that could go from raw ingredients to finished product in about 20 minutes so that was what I set out to discover.

This Sugar Free Red Pasta Sauce Recipe is what I’ve come up with.  Nothing revolutionary, just simple ingredients that taste great when combined.  I hope it serves your family as well as it has mine.  I usually serve this over spaghetti squash now instead of the zucchini noodles so I’ve included the “How to Cook Spaghetti Squash” video below.

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Sugar Free Red Pasta Sauce Recipe
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4 People
 
A Sugar Free Spaghetti sauce
Ingredients
  • 1 28oz can of Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Lg Onion, diced
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, diced
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ Tbsp Oregano
  • 5 Basil Leaves, chopped. ( or ½ Tsp dried Basil)
  • 1 lb Hamburger Meat, browned and drained
Instructions
  1. Put Olive oil in Lg Sauce Pan, add Onion and cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes
  2. Add Garlic and Mushrooms, cook over medium heat for 10 minutes until onions are soft and translucent
  3. Add all other ingredients except for meat, bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes
  4. Add meat, stir and serve over noodles, Spaghetti Squash, or other pasta substitute

 

Eggstractor Review

EggStractor

I picked up an Eggstractor at the dollar store last week and I thought some of you might be interested in seeing whether or not it works!