An Australian filmmaker ate a low-fat “healthy diet” that was sugar-heavy, for 60 days in an effort to examine the health implications for his film called “That Sugar Film.”
Damon Garneau says he was eating “healthy” processed foods marketed as low-fat, but that happened to contain high levels of sugar. In total, he was consuming around 40 teaspoons of sugar per day, which is just a bit more than what most teenagers around the world consume on a daily basis.
On average, Americans consume about 20 teaspoons of sugar daily, numbers that are up significantly over the last hundred years. Recommended daily intake of sugar is no more than six teaspoons per day for women and nine teaspoons for men.
“Within three weeks, the formerly healthy Gameau became moody and sluggish,” reports Fox News. And then came a doctor’s diagnosis that after just a few weeks on the diet, revealed Garneau was developing fatty liver disease, which can lead to liver failure.
What’s most shocking are the foods Garneau was consuming. “I had no soft drink, chocolate, ice cream or confectionery,” Gameau told Yahoo. “All the sugars that I was eating were found in perceived healthy foods, so low-fat yogurts, and muesli bars, and cereals, and fruit juices, sports drinks ... these kind of things that often parents would give their kids thinking they’re doing the right thing.”
According to Garneau, the excess sugar led to rapidly unstable mental functioning. He also gained four inches of visceral fat around his waist, which indicated that if he continued, he would have quickly become obese. And what’s worse, Garneau reports that no matter how much he ate on his sugar diet, he was constantly hungry and unsatisfied.
Garneau’s findings support research that shows excessive carbohydrates, particularly sugars—not fats—can lead to weight gain and health issues.
“That Sugar Film” will be released in Australia next year, with U.S. dates forthcoming.
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