There has been a lot of debates about the effects of sugar on the human body. We're not just talking justabout table sugar here, but all the added sweeteners hidden under fancy names like evaporated cane juice, fruit juice concentrate and agave. One man Damon Gameau, takes the debate into his own hands by consuming a low-fat diet of conventional food products traditionally considered healthy: low fat yoghurts, juice, liquid breakfast drinks, cereal and most interestingly: children's lunchbox snacks. The results, in my opinion, are not surprising, but for many, will be quite the eye-opener. Over 2 months Gameau films a documentary: That Sugar Film, which tracks the effects on his body. Gaining more than 8kg and adding 10cm of fat around his waist, he moves from the healthiest 20% of the Australian male population, into the worst. His liver shows early signs of disease, his blood hits the ceiling, along with a number of other adverse health markers.
As a film maker and health activists, I can really appreciate the aesthetics of the film. It's not only informative, featuring a number of industry experts like David Gillespie, author of 'Sweet Poison', but celebrities such as Hugh Jackman and Steven Fry. It's fun, entertaining and an all-round fantastic contribution to the nutrition documentary field. Breaking down the complexities of sugar absorption and it's effects on the body, this is film that everyone can understand AND should watch.
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In a word. Yes. It would appear that the latest research is pointing towards the recognition that gluten is difficult to digest for all people, at least to some extent. Having that slice of pizza, wholemeal sandwich or bowl of pasta are by no means evil, however, for a number of people, their tolerance for glutenous products has dropped so much over time that they can no longer eat it without having physiological reactions within the body.
According to Dr. Tom O'Bryan, the tolerance level for gluten will be differ between every person on the planet. However, he believes that there is no denying the fact that this tolerance will wear down over time, depending on the amount of gluten that is consumed, in relation to one's biological/genetic ability to digest this protein found in wheat, rye and barley.
Long story short, it's best to have a balanced diet that doesn't pound the processed grains that contain gluten and to particularly avoid them if, well, they make you feel like shit after consuming them. However, the signs are not always so clear, and could manifest in anything from poor energy levels to depression, skin conditions and delayed cognitive ability. Check out his interview on the awesome podcast, The Health Bridge.
Caitlyn Jenner's recent exposure in the public eye, where she came out to the world through a Vanity Fair photoshoot and interview has sparked a lot of discussions around transgender and identity across the globe. The new series, I am Cait, which follows the highs and lows of Cait's fresh experiences as a woman is not only emotionally-moving but incredibly inspiring. This leaves a lot of food for thought about the place of accepting all people within society, whether they are black, white, fat, skinny, tall, short, male, female or other.
The series really leaves the audience questioning their own place in society and how we are conditioned by roles, stereotypes and the expectations driven by the media to 'fit in' and meet expectations. This is a well produced, raw and confronting series which everyone should experience for themselves.
Elena Wewer, editor of Vegan Independent, discusses all things vegan! She shares her dos and don'ts when it comes to veganism as well as tips on getting started. Learn how to make the vegan lifestyle work for you or how you can adopt vegan practices into your daily life for health, nutrition and an ethical lifestyle.
Presented by Thomas Grainger