Sugar Coated

July 29, 2017

I’m an elementary school teacher. Kids are great. Kids are smart. Kids love sugar. But, grownups love sugar too of course. 

Sugar Coated is an extremely informative documentary about the sugar industry and their public relations campaign of the last 40+ years. Basically, they are pretty much like the tobacco industry – misinformation, outright lies, and aggressive marketing to children. (I can assure you that every child in my classroom knows what Froot Loops and candy bars are, but they don’t necessarily know what different kinds of fruit are out there!) 

The documentary also showed that many “skinny” people are not healthly because they consume too much sugar. There are, in fact, many “healthy-looking” people who are being diagnosed with Type II diabetes and fatty livers, because they consume too many processed foods which contain way too much added sugars. Basically, we should just avoid processed foods altogether. That’s often difficult to do in our very busy world.

It’s shocking to watch the PR campaign unfold before your eyes when watching this film. I am continually amazed at what the government and the consumers allow big corporations to get away with – half-truths, and oftentimes outright lies. (Think about Big Tobacco.) Get ready to be shocked by the stack of documents that Big Sugar has left behind.

If you’d really like to be shocked, take look at the documentary’s “sugar timeline”:  Of particular interest is the doctor who speaks up for for the sugar industry in 1975. (His role is also featured in the documentary.) Just like the meat and dairy industries, the sugar industry is feeding the public a line that their products are safe.

People are just now starting to pay attention to things like soda consumption, GMOs, and the dangers of eating meat. But, think back to your childhood – did you ever know or care about those things? It’s great that we are starting to pay attention now, but it’s a little late in the game. And, based on the “snacks” I see children coming to school with everyday, a large number of us still aren’t paying attention.

Keep in mind that the word “sugar” doesn’t always appear on packaging – but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have sugar! Unfortunately, sugar comes in many different names.

Although I am a health nut, I still found this documentary incredibly informative because the experts in the film talk quite a bit about “added” sugar. Luckily, I was alerted to the problem long ago, so I switched all of my snack foods to the lowest possible sugar counts possible. I was able to reduce my sugar intake by literally dozens of grams a day simply by looking for raw vegan bars.

The message is the same in all of these health documentaries – avoid processed foods. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Exercise.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSV): For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.

Serve all with love

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