I just watched a movie that I believe our entire population should watch.
It’s called: Fed Up
I know I have recommended other books and movies in the past. And I still very much recommend them as well. But, if I had to choose just one, I think I would have to choose Fed Up.
It’s not a movie about the horrible treatment of food animals.
It’s not a movie about GMOs.
It’s not a movie about organic food.
It’s not a movie about exercise.
It’s a movie about sugar.
It’s a movie about processed foods.
And it’s a movie about the power of private food corporations.
And I could leave this blog at that.
What follows is simply some of the information provided by the film which shocked me.
I’ve been watching and reading a lot of things on nutrition, health and fitness. So I’ve come across a lot of information. And yet, this movie was able to teach me some things which I did not know. It also called attention to some things, which I had never noticed.
For example (and I will give just one, because I am tired, and need to go to bed, but after watching the moving, I felt that I could not not blog about it):
All processed foods (organic alike) come with an ingredients list. We all know this.
And on this list, we are told how many calories there are per serving.
On this list, we are told how many grams of proteins, carbs, and fibres etc we are receiving per serving.
On this list, we are even given the % Daily Value, which gives us an indication as to how much fat, cholesterol and sodium etc we are taking in, based on how much we need per day.
We have all noticed these things.
However, have you ever noticed how the ingredient list does not give us a % Daily Value for the sugar category.
It gives us the % Daily Value for carbohydrates. They list sugar under the carbohydrates section, but they do not give us a % Daily Value for sugar.
And unfortunately for us, the % Daily Value for carbohydrates does not translate to % Daily Value for sugar.
And therefore, we do not realize how much added sugar we are consuming in our diet.
Let me tell you, it is way too much!
You can choose all the “healthy” fat free, low cal foods that you want. But they contain just as much sugar as their unhealthy counterparts. (You take out the fat, you take out the flavor. How do you make up for the lack of flavor, you add sugar of course!)
In fact, many (if not most) processed foods that we consume, and I’m talking about just one can or jar or bottle (not a day’s worth of food), contain more sugar in one ‘serving’ than we need in a whole day.
That just blows my mind.
Many movies make us want to move. And then a few days later the effects die off.
But I hope that you will all take the time to watch this movie.
And I hope that it will make you want to do something about how you eat, how your kids eat, how your family eats, and what our society offers us.
It has definitely sparked a fire under my butt.