I knew I had to see the new food documentary "Fed Up," after hearing multiple radio interviews last week with some of the experts. My thoughts shouldn't be surprising to anyone who has read this site's archives, and were only heightened and saddened after the film. The main message centered around our country's processed food–and most notably sugar addiction–and the government's role in this mess.
A few takeaways:
- Perhaps the most questionable: there is no recommended daily percentage of sugar on labels. Go to your pantry right now and take a look. There are RDP for everything except for sugar. SHADY SHADY SHADY. Why is this?
- Adding to above: they showed a picture of a can of soda= 112%. Just one can.
- The parallels they make of this epidemic are to that of the tobacco industry. The similarities are shocking and blatantly apparent, and I hope this particular talking point gains traction. The film covers this quite well.
- It seemed like when Michelle Obama started her Let's Move campaign, it was a step in the right direction. The name "Let's Move" signified forcing change on America's eating disorder, but then big business came in and steamrolled her efforts to redirect our food system. Dr. Mark Hyman had a one of my favorite lines: "Just because junk is less junkier doesn't mean it's not junk!" Let's Move became more about let's get our kids outside to run around and play, and little to do with our food system, the real issue. Interestingly, Michelle Obama declined to be interviewed. Bill Clinton did.
- Sugar lights up your brain the same way cocaine does. The addiction is no different other than one being pushed by our government, and the other being passé and illegal.
- Three morbidly obese teens/preteens were subjects throughout the film. Each battle with exercising to no avail because their food choices aren't correct, even after changing them. One was shown in Costco checking to label of Nature Valley granola bars, which are like eating a candy bar. I hope that their examples can educate the public on the differences between processed "health" food and REAL food. They were absolutely heartbreaking to watch, particularly the girl. All I want to do is make them their meals.
I've explained this before–I'm by no means a food extremist, but there are "food products" that should be cut from consumption. I haven't had a soda since 2002, but I do believe in the art and craft of cooking and baking. An artisanal, skillfully made (sugar-laden) almond croissant? You bet. A grocery store version that can sit for days? No thanks.
All being said, this particular documentary really resonated. I need my sugar fix every day too, so I've decided to take the film's 10 day sugar free challenge.
That's what this blog is for, friends.