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Fed Up Movie: Sugar is addictive poison that makes people sick, according to Robert Lustig.


Found watching Dr. Robert Lustig from UCSF on Real Time.

There are 600,000 food items in America. 80% of them have added sugar.

Your brain lights up with sugar just like it does with cocaine or heroin.

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1. TOFI = Thin Outside Fat Inside

Not everyone affected by the sugar in food becomes obese; 40% of normal weight adults have TOFI.

Symptoms include hypertension, diabetes, and liver problems.

It's unclear why some people get obese but others who are sick do not.

It's a public health crisis because everyone is at risk. 

2. Sugar is poison that makes people sick; obesity is just one symptom.

There is a threshhold a human can safely have -- 6-9 teaspoons per day -- and Americans average 22.

When a person consumes too much sugar, bad things happen to the liver as it overloads.

3. A calorie is not a calorie.

Sugar calories and alcohol calories are way worse -- they are poison for the human body.

They can lead to chronic metabolic disease.

Some calories cause more diseases than others because different calories are metabolized differently.

Part of the problem is that sugar is in everything.

Sugar went from condiment to diet staple, and in the process we have gotten sick.

Sugar causes accumulation of fat around the liver.

The food industry puts it in foods because they know we buy more because sugar is weakly addictive.

Sugar is the tobacco of the 21st century.

Sugar isn't just empty calories; sugar is TOXIC calories.

woohoo! that trailer got me PUMPED!!!

i hope everyone is america sees this film. it looks awesome!

It does look pretty great. I look forward to seeing it, too.

i was just wondering about this the other day!  thank you for sharing it here, adam.

geege, you're always at the forefront! :)

She really is!

Reddit comment:

Basically there are two issues here:

Firstly, in the 70's, the rising cost of food was a big issue, especially during Nixon's administration. He brought in someone (I can't remember names right now, sorry) to help fix the issue, and that man, in turn, started what would become the modern industrial agricultural system. Previously food came from mostly independent family farms with some larger entities, but thanks to government subsidies and policy changes, huge agricorps began to form.

Part of this was a huge push to grow corn to feed cattle. But not only that, Japanese scientists around that time had come up with how to convert corn into corn syrup, making a cheap, government subsidized (in the US) sweetener. All the food and beverage manufacturers started to use this cheap, readily available surplus to their advantage to get profits. Coke switched from sugar to corn syrup at this time, as did every other beverage manufacturer, because it cost 1/3 less, which was a huge boon to profitability.

Also around this time, obesity wasn't even a concern. The big health issue of the day was heart disease, and people wanted some answers on it. There's a lot about this that you should watch in the doc, but ultimately it came down to two potential "culprits" for it: fat and sugar. Due to some heavy lobbying, the food industry "sacrificed" fats as bad for you, leading to a huge rise in fat-free products. But to make up for the lack of fat, these products tended to have a large amount of sweetener (corn syrup) and other things that jack up the calories. People were under the impression that fat was bad and that if you didn't eat fat you wouldn't become fat. This was obviously wrong, terribly wrong.

But this also created an entirely new marketplace for "snacks." Before, eating between meals was frowned upon, but snacking was essentially created from food industry marketing due to the cheap sweeteners available that could create huge profit margins with minimal investment per snack.

These events correlate very strongly with the rapid rise in obesity and weight issues over the past 40 years, and there has been longstanding (and suppressed) scientific evidence that sugar is hugely to blame, and that it not only metabolizes into fat more easily than other foods, but it also causes hugely addictive cravings in a large portion of the population due to how it affects the brain's reward/hunger system.

That's just part 1, mind you. There are two other parts to this that I haven't even watched yet.

And again, this is just a basic summary, the devil is in the details, so please do watch.

More Reddit comments:

Sugar is toxic. Sugar is killing us:

too bad!  it's so sweet!!!

Sweetness is addictive so your Microbiome craves more whenever you have some:

Doesn't matter if sugar or artificial sweetener. 

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Looking forward to this one.  I have it in my Netflix queue, but it just opened in theaters May 9th.

I wonder how long it will take for it to make it to Netflix.

As soon as they have mostly exhausted the theater sales, I imagine ;)  Documentaries usually don't get to much play in theaters to start with.

True; it's amazing they get any theatrical release at all.

By the way, here is Dr. Robert Lustig's TED Talk:

When you fix the biochemistry, the behavior improves.

It's a shame that natural sugar cane and sweet confections were once delightful and rare treats, because nothing else had sugar in it.

Today we have to be our own hunter gatherers if we want to enjoy real food once again, because it simply doesn't exist in our manufactured urban environments and profit maximizing industrial size markets.

It's really a problem of scale: bring back and support our local markets and when we look our farmers, butchers, bakers in the eye we know and can love again exactly what we get and need most--real food.  And we can feel good about it before and after eating it.

Today is Saturday.  And we've our local farmer's market here in Austin where the market administrators require all vendors to ONLY bring what they themselves grow and produce.  A fairly good scale constraining principle and warranty...

Well said, Rob.  We have to be our own hunter gatherers.  And we have to commit to preparing more of our own meals.

That's an interesting insight, that the lack of food in supermarkets is forcing us to become hunter gatherers.

As an experiment, we recently tried to buy foods with no sugar added at Whole Foods. Some of it was pretty shocking. For example, try to buy bacon that isn't sweetened with sugar or molasses... all of the natural or organic varieties contained extra sugar. There was one variety out of about 50 that was marketed as paleo-friendly that did not contain extra sugar!

That IS interesting, especially since it's supposed to be WHOLE foods.

If you can't buy meat without sugar added there, it's like they've given up on their name.

true, adam.  don't get me started on whole foods!!

How about just a little?

hahaha!  no really, i can't.  it's just too much!  i'll be here all day!

Robert Lustig gave his 90 minute "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" talk in 2009:

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