Sugar Coated – Review

“A calorie is a calorie. Burn more calories than you consume and you will lose weight.” These are common statements that we’ve all heard about diet and nutrition. This 2015 documentary available on Netflix disproves these statements.

This film strives to make several points:

  • A calorie is NOT a calorie
  • Sugar takes on many names and is in nearly everything we eat
  • Sugar is the cause of disease including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity
  • The sugar industry is is closely partnered with the government, big business, and several health organizations
  • The average American consumes 100+ pounds of sugar per year
  • Sugar in excess in any form is not healthy

If you’ve seen other films about sugar or the food industry, especially Fed Up, this film doesn’t have many new points or data that is useful. However, I think it is still a good film to watch. It is entertaining and will maintain your attention.

One truly amazing part of the film that made my jaw drop is when a doctor who was involved with the sugar industry and the tobacco industry made the claim that “cereal, any breakfast cereal, with milk is healthier than spinach.” Wait wait wait… ANY cereal with milk is healthier than spinach? I decided to test out this theory, so I used the cereal mentioned in the film and a bag of spinach in my fridge. Let’s break this down.

2c Sugar Smacks Cereal with 1c milk:

  • Protein – 13g
  • Carbohydrates – 76g
  • Fiber – 0g
  • Sugar – 51g
  • Fat – 8g
  • Saturated Fat – 5g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat – 0g
  • Monounsaturated Fat – 0g
  • Trans Fat – 0g
  • Cholesterol – 35mg
  • Sodium – 293mg
  • Potassium – 500mg
  • Vitamin A – 33%
  • Vitamin C – 31%
  • Calcium – 30%
  • Iron – 27%

3c Spinach:

  • Protein – 3g
  • Carbohydrates – 3g
  • Fiber – 2g
  • Sugar – 0g
  • Fat – 0g
  • Saturated Fat – 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat – 0g
  • Monounsaturated Fat – 0g
  • Trans Fat – 0g
  • Cholesterol – 0mg
  • Sodium – 71mg
  • Potassium – 502mg
  • Vitamin A – 169%
  • Vitamin C – 42%
  • Calcium – 9%
  • Iron – 14%

As you can see, while spinach is lower in necessary things like Iron, Calcium, and Protein, it has higher values in good things like Fiber, Potassium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. It is also much lower in negative things such as Sugar, Fat, Sodium, Saturated Fat, and Cholesterol. For someone to say that 51g of Sugar in one meal is healthier than 0 is out of their mind. The average adult should consume less than 71g of Sugar per day and this meal consumes nearly all of it.

This further cements that the government and big business are in charge of the food and health industry and that we need to research through various avenues to determine what is healthy instead of simply relying on a money and political driven system to tell us what we should or should not eat.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Mum says:

    What kind of a doctor is this? I mean come on people. Everyone needs to make smart choices in their life. And one smart choice would be not to go to this doctor and trust him with your health.

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