For this What to Eat Wednesday — I’m doing things a little differently. Instead of listing what to eat, I’m posing the question:
Should we be eating Sugar?
I recently watched the film Fed Up — a documentary on Netflix about the U.S.’s obesity epidemic. The 2014 film argues the following:
- Obesity is an epidemic that affect the whole world, not just the U.S.
- Obesity is coming for our kids
- Obesity has been caused by the increased sugar consumption
- The food industry is hiding sugar in all our food and then lobbies to prevent regulation — basically the food industry is bad news bears…
- The government is bad news bears because they should be doing more to control the food industry
When reacting to a film like this, I have to remind myself that there are two sides to every story — and then there’s the truth somewhere in the middle. This is a perfect example of one of those sides, in an extreme example.
I found a lot of the movie’s claims interesting and appauling (if they are true, oh boy — bad news bears for sure!). I do worry that the film’s message isn’t entirely “balanced” — and the idea of cutting out all sugar from one’s diet isn’t exactly a good idea.
Do I eat sugar?
For a runner — like myself — I need sugars (usually in the form of complex carbohydrates) in order to fuel my runs. During my half marathon trainings, I would bring honey and jam sandwiches with me to fuel while running. THose things were LOADED with sugar. Because I was expelling energy so rapidly, I needed a way to refill my stores just as rapidly. Thank you sugar! For helping me reach my goals without hitting a wall!
So what’s the problem??
The problem comes when I’m paying as close attention to what I’m eating… I don’t monitor my portions, balance my macronutrients, and ensure I’m eating my veggies! This is when the scale creeps up and I start to feel lousy!
What do you think about sugar?
Is it a villain in your world?
Do you avoid eating it?
Have you see this film? I double dog dare you to watch it!!