Australian film director, Damon Gameua, was an extremely fit man prior to taking on a task many may have though would increase his wellbeing and health.
Instead, he was presented with a warning from his doctor, experienced weight gain and mood swings after going on a 60-day diet of high-sugar, low-fat foods.
He refrained from eating confectionery, ice cream and chocolate and excluded soft drinks from his diet. All the sugars he ate were from foods that are perceived as healthy, such as cereals, sports drinks, fruit juices, muesli bars and low-fat yoghurts. He said these are the types of foods parents often offer their kids, thinking that it is a healthy diet.
Within three weeks of starting the diet, his doctor informed him that he had already started developing fatty liver disease, which could lead to liver failure. His doctor also said his level of mental functioning was ‘unstable’.
Gameua consumed around 40 teaspoons of sugar per day, which is slightly above that of the average teenager globally. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a healthy adult should aim to consume no more than six teaspoons or 25 grams of sugar per day.
The last meal Gameua consumed was made up of a jam sandwich, a biscuit bar, a handful of snacks and a fruit juice. He said this was the type of meal that parents are offering their children, thinking that it is healthy for them.
He said they are trying to offer their children a healthy diet, but are being let down by the lack of principles in packaging and marketing methods.
He added that the results of his experiment do not suggest that people should eliminate sugar completely from their diets, but should become aware of where sugar has been added.
He stated that sugar can be found in 80% of processed food and this can be removed, it would be the first step in the right direction.
Apart from the immediate health impact of eating excess sugar, there are links between the development of cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and sugar.
Image Credit: Youtube ‘That Sugar Film’ Trailer