The Secrets of Sugar

The Secrets of Sugar

2013, Health  -   42 Comments
Ratings: 8.31/10 from 358 users.

For many of us, sugar provides an instant feeling of warmth and comfort. We identify it as an essential component of great tasting foods, and of blissful culinary gratification. Its presence is unavoidable, even in foods that promise higher levels of nutritional value. In many corners of the globe, the human desire for sugar seems unquenchable. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to find an addiction more commonplace than the one we experience for sugar. But it's an addiction that could be killing us in record numbers.

The documentary titled The Secrets of Sugar examines this addiction and its perilous impact on the well-being of our global society. Extensive research has pinpointed sugar's culpability in a number of our most common and life-threatening ailments, including high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and even Alzheimer's disease.

The weight loss craze which began taking shape in the 1980's originated as an attack against fat. Yet, even in a climate where the public enjoys unprecedented access to low or no-fat foods, the rates of damaging disease remain alarmingly high. "Which is worse: the sugar or the fat? The sugar, a thousand times over," asserts Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist who serves as one of the film's key interview subjects. In his view, sugar is a poison and serves as a recipe of destruction for people of all ages. As a leading crusader against the dangers of sugar, Dr. Lustig faces an uphill battle in altering existing practices within the food industry and educating an unsuspecting public who falls prey to their tactics.

According to the observations presented in The Secrets of Sugar, these tactics include ambiguous or misleading nutrition labels, fuzzy science, and the mounting of an advertising campaign unmatched in scale even by the likes of the tobacco industry.

Without a change in public consciousness, the prevalence of sugar in our daily diets threatens to heighten disease epidemics to an even greater degree, and may eventually lead to the bankruptcy of the entire healthcare system within the United States and Canada. By exploring an issue that too often remains obscured, The Secrets of Sugar seeks to ignite a movement among its viewers to rectify this disturbing trend before it's too late.

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4 months ago

Too bad this site has removed the documentary SUGAR INC. It covered the war between fat and sugar and the sugar lobby in DC. Censorship abounds.

3 years ago

As a neuroscientist, I have a really hard time believing the rat/water maze component of this report. Firstly, the platform is supposed to be SUBMERGED/HIDDEN. Secondly, based on behaviour, I'd question whether the first rat was pre-trained and the 2nd (North American Diet) rat was naive to the maze (i.e. first time.). Even rats that have cognitive damage don't chase around the outside after training - that's indicative of the first time they are put in the water....

4 years ago

I was interested in this until I found it to be yet more keto diet propaganda. These dangerous fad diets are based on a lie-- a study that was done years ago which was misinterpreted. But the media took it and ran, stating "butter is back!". Actually the finding of the study showed that refined carbs are no better for you than saturated fats, BUT they are both bad for you! For anyone interested in health and diet, look up Joel Furhman, MD. I have found him to be the best source of scientific based info.

4 years ago

Eliminate Porn and Sugar - then you are on your way to Valhalla !

5 years ago

Sugar Blues, a book released in 1986. Now 2018. It would seem after 32 years people prefer sugar to health.

If you want something sweet and/or cold try berries or frozen berries instead of sweets or ice cream. Compare the calories. Amazingly low calories for berries. Looking back, the combination of processed cream and sugar is what messed up my innards. Ultimately my poor choice to abuse it. Still trying to undue the damage from abusing processed ice cream. It is unfortunate that back when I did that ice cream was relatively cheap. Now I see some pints at $5. I never would have paid that. Much like some cigarette smokers quitting due to the price. It seems some of the corporations have determined that enough people have become addicted that they can now gouge people for their product. Same for most junk food.

Like us, microbes have a hard time resisting sugar. Therefore mixing a good microbe killer with sugar could be a good way to dispatch them and the things they cause, like tumors and cancers and other diseases. Might need a metal and mineral stripper like EDTA chelation to strip away the calcium shells that certain little bacterias protect themselves with; some attaching to artery walls causing reduced blood flow and inflammation. Strips away some of the chemtrails inhaled and ingested too.

The fellow who mentioned that we couldn't have designed a better way to kill our selves if we were alien invaders wanting to eliminate us (GMO, toxic foods, etc) sure nailed it. However, I will take it a step further. They are "alien" thinkers, these Rockefeller and other elitist types actually do want to eliminate us in their population reduction plans.

6 years ago

Oh for f**k sakes, that first family in the documentary... you can't honestly think all that junk that was put in the carts were healthy. With such stupidity, it baffles me how they survived that long. Do some f**king research! Gee, it'd just be awful if they actually had to READ books and other forms of information to learn something about nutrition.

7 years ago

Cupid Stunt: What continent do you think Canada is on? LOL Canadians are Americans as well,.....North Americans. They are not citizens of The United States of America.

common sense
7 years ago

Educate yourself. Self Responsibility. Let the free market take care of the corporations and let the zombies fall.

Cupid Stunt
7 years ago


nothing American about it. this is from a Canadian news documentary series called "The Fifth Estate" which aired last season. hence the Canadian subjects within...

over-consuming sugar is not an American problem, it's a modern-day human problem!!

Cupid Stunt
7 years ago

you could't be more wrong. at best your theory could be a marginal subtext for this documentary.

it's really about the true harm that sugar is to the body. in particular, it is a major inflammatory substance (which in itself the actual cause of arteriosclerosis....not a high cholesterol diet) and a huge burden to the future health programs of the world unless we fight back with our dollar against these corporations and their underhanded motives for profit against it's very own consumer-base.

Max De Luca
7 years ago

While I agree with the fact that sugar is pretty toxic when eaten in large amounts and we do consume a lot of sugar in the US, I really don't like where they get their facts from. Many studies on just about everything tend to be biased towards a certain outcome or unintentionally flawed. The one lady who stated she checked for other causes, I tip my hat to for her thoroughness, but i can't say the same for the other studies.
However, my biggest problem is their claim that over 100 million North Americans are diabetic or pre-diabetic.
Here's the problem: North American has a population of over 500 million. That means out of five or six people, one of them is diabetic or pre-diabetic.
Yet, despite all of my relatives on both sides of my family, all of my friends and their buddies, all of my classmates that I can recall, all of my co-workers and guests at my former place of employ, and everyone I've ever met in my life, I've known less than ten people who are diabetic or pre-diabetic for sure. If I include people who are likely to be
Here's the kicker: that's out several hundred to about a thousand people. (I use to live in the city until recently. For those of you who live in the city, don't tell me you haven't meet and talked to several hundred people and gotten to know them somewhat.)
According to their numbers, I should know more people who are diabetic.
So where did that number come from?
This is my problem with these documentaries; while they have a really well intended message, they butcher up the facts to make themselves appear more righteous and the other guy (if there is one) look to be in the wrong.

7 years ago

Your scaring me, sugar!
Very sensationalist. Jeez, processed sugar is addictive and bad for you. Processed food is garbage. Doesn't everyone know that? Guess not.
I'm still gonna put a teaspoon of sugar in my coffee. lol

7 years ago

Now I see why they say African Americans in the USA has the highest chance. :(

7 years ago

Pure, White and Deadly, by John Yudkin is a great book, years ahead of time. Great Read.

8 years ago

I did not give it as high of a rating as the rest of viewers. My main issue: there was all sort of information about the risee in sugar use in processed products since 1960, but no explanation as to why it happened. Why did the food companies start adding sugar to all the foods? There has to be some logical explanation.

There was also no mention of health effects of sugar from unprocessed sources (honey, fruits). So this doc told me a lot of things I knew, I learned a bit more, but it left a few really basic questions unanswered.

I liked the fact that there was no general conclusion or solution offered, and I think that's how a documentary of this sort should be presented - shed light on a subject and let the viewers make up their minds. I am very wary of government solutions to what is ultimately a problem of choice (and I never understood why many who think corporations are run by power-hungry corruptible people have more faith in government, which is also run by power-hungry corruptible people). Educating the public - like the test family in this documentary - is the best solution to poor nutrition.

Disclaimer: I avoid processed foods, never drink soda (unless it's rum and coke, but then I'm already making the choice to go all out), and I am very wary of the dangers of sugars, and processed foods in general.

8 years ago

If you were an alien race bent on taking over the planet surreptitiously and completely, you wouldn't come down blasting from giant war machines - you'd scout out the inhabitants, discover their weaknesses and then load the environment with poisons specific to those you wanted to eliminate - chemicals in the air, water and soil, specialized crops that lacked nutrients and were genetically modified to be both poison and to take over indigenous natural crops, you'd make them completely dependent on outside sources of poisonous energy and communication (nuclear and EMF fields) and then you'd sit back and wait 50 years. Time's almost up! We couldn't have done a better job of letting ourselves be wiped out if we'd planned it ourselves...

8 years ago

After 15 comments, I thought that more would get what this documentary was really all about but only two did, Kansas Devil and Jake Harris. Substitute ANY other sell-able item and the story is the same whether consumable or utilitarian. It is ALWAYS and EXCLUSIVELY about MONEY and as long as the entire worlds money supply derives from fiat (central bank) currency, the story will never change.

Debates about the pros and cons of the product lead nowhere just as debates about political parties, corporate malfeasance, corruption, deforestation, pollution . . . EVERYTHING begins and ends with FIAT CURRENCY, how it is created and who controls it. All the rest is a byproduct of the manipulation of money both in quantity created and the imitation value associated with it - including the supposed value of precious metals. NONE have actual value and all are manipulated by the money system. Resources do have utility, but the devastation of the planet is caused not by the need for the resource, but the need for the money that the selling of the resource provides the devastator.

Kansas Devil
8 years ago

The message I heard in this documentary is that the consumer has 2 choices.
Either cook their own foods from raw materials or submit to what the food industry makers available.
There is no way the food industry will risk any profits by changing the sweet spot in the food flavor they manufacture and cave in to the nutrition experts.
The medical insurance companies don't care, they just adjust their rates to maintain profit.

The politicians don't care as long as corporations keep shoving money into the political system and buying votes.
Consumer apathy ensues.

charley coryn
8 years ago

Excellent, don't miss this one if you care at all about your health.

Bir Singh Yadav
8 years ago

sugar addiction is result of our eating- by- the- clock rather than eating- by- the- hunger life style. our body cries out for sugar even as intestines are full of food because food was ingested without hunger and hence blocked by body body's intelligence as unwanted. instead of blaming sugar, which in fact kick starts our low energy system, we should change our food habits and eat only and only when really hungry. birds eat no sugar but have double the level of sugar as compared to humans, and that suits them well.

Jake Harris
8 years ago

We are all bamboozled by big business. We are the only animal that drinks milk past infancy. What's up with that? Pick any other animal and ask people if they would drink its milk. It's all money driven.

8 years ago

Wow the anti-sugar activist is all healthy and bright-eyed, and the sugar industry apologist sounds unhealthy and out of breath, and she looks pasty. I'm surprised they put her on.

8 years ago

What happened to honesty, transparency. Isn't that the job of governments to protect us people against bullies like corporations? Oh I forgot, they are a corporation.
Do our children account for nothing? Children are our future is not a cliche and I wonder who our governments are working for as its not us. 80 years ago they knew about sugar and the experiment still went ahead.

8 years ago

So American. I watch these documentaries, about these people, and honestly think "isn't this all obvious"? So naive as a consumer base. It almost makes me angry.

Ps I know this featured Canadians but you know...same land mass!