Set mostly in Australia, the film follows Gameau‘s 60-day diet experiment in which he drastically changes his eating habits by starting a diet of a 40 teaspoon-per-day consumption of sugar, with the assistance of a team of health specialists to monitor his progress. However, there is one catch: the sugar will come from regular food, including light products that are supposed to be healthy, such as apple juice, yogurt and cereal just to name a few.
Viewers will be shocked by the findings after just a couple of weeks, as Gameau‘s weight increases and his overall mood changes drastically despite being “eating healthy products”, something that forces him to go further and travel to see the impact of sugar-based products in remote aboriginal communities. Moreover, he also travels to the US to see firsthand how the big food corporations manipulate information and how they target consumers from a very young age. This portion features some shocking scenes of the effects of Mountain Dew consumption in younger people.
If you enjoyed films like Morgan Spurlock‘s ‘Super Size Me,’ but without any excess consumption for one particular brand, ‘That Sugar Film’ is a must-see documentary for the whole family; the technical explanations are presented in such a fun didactical way, allowing every single viewer to understand the scientific explanations without effort. Furthermore, actors Hugh Jackman and Stephen Fry also feature in the film in some particular segments.
Overall, this is a solid, fun and “easy to digest” film that will change the way you perceive so-called “healthy” products, while following the journey of a regular guy, eating regular food.
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