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10 Food Facts That Might Make You “FED UP” With Your Eating Habits + Giveaway

“The film the food industry doesn’t want you to see.”

I am half terrified and half looking forward to seeing “Fed Up.” I know it will make me disgusted when I realize how much sugar I eat on a daily basis, but I also know I will never change unless it is thrown in my face. Am I ready to change? I sure hope so! Just the thought of going without sugar for 10 minutes makes me nervous, let alone 10 days! I live off of Dr. Pepper, Oreos and M & M’s. When I saw the poster for this movie I knew I was in trouble! Then I heard that Oreos and soda are also mentioned. This will be the longest 10 days of my life! I am still determined to follow through with the challenge. Even though I look fit and healthy on the outside, I depend on caffeine and sugar to get me through the day. I would love to have the energy I need without running for a soda. I would also love to not have headaches on the days that I am trying to limit my intake. If you are looking for some interesting facts about the food and ready to do a complete makeover of your eating habits, you have to check out “Fed Up!” Your mind and body will thank you!

Fed Up

“For the past 30 years, everything we thought we knew about food and exercise is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever.  The film opens in theaters across the country on May 9th.

Produced by Katie Couric, Laurie David

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Here are 10 food facts that might make you “Fed Up” with your eating habits: 

1 – There are 600,000 food items in America. 80% have added sugar.

2 – By the year 2050 1 in 3 Americans will have diabetes.

3 – In 2010 there were 58,000 adolescents diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. In 1980 there were ZERO. 

4 – You would need to swim for 1 hour and 12 minutes to burn the calories from 1 medium french fry.

5 – 2 packs of Gushers have the same amount of sugar as one Yoplait yogurt…6.5 teaspoons! 

6 – Only 30% of people suffering from diet-related diseases are actually obese. Looks can be deceiving. 

7 – Sugar is addictive…literally. In studies 40 out of 43 cocaine addicted rats chose sugar water over cocaine when given the choice. Specifically, Oreos were shown to be more addictive than cocaine according to brain scans.

8 – There are 56 different words for “sugar” on ingredient labels.

9 – The recommended daily amount of sugar is equal to HALF a can of soda. (or 6 teaspoons)

10 – There is more sugar in a jar of Prego (12.5 teaspoons) than in a bag of M & M’s (7 teaspoons). 

Join the #FedUpMovie team in going sugar free for 10 days. It won’t be easy, but together we can take the first steps in fighting the biggest public health crisis of our time. Take the pledge today! Click on the image below to join the team.

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 Disclosure – Per FTC Regulations, I am disclosing that I received the items mentioned here, free of charge, for my post. I was in no other way compensated for my review. The views expressed above are my own, honest opinions and any claims should be verified on the sponsor’s site. 

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111 Responses to 10 Food Facts That Might Make You “FED UP” With Your Eating Habits + Giveaway

  1. Sandra VanHoey says:

    I don’t think I can pledge to this because I will get issues with blood sugar dropping and need something sweet to bring it back up

  2. Sandra VanHoey says:

    Comment at http://obsessivemommy.com/2014/01/28/easy-camp-eggs-recipe/#comment-18280

  3. I want to, but I really don’t know if I can completely give up sugar for 10 days. Clearly, I am addicted!

  4. I also commented here: http://obsessivemommy.com/2014/05/07/the-very-fairy-princess/#comment-18297

  5. Lisa Brown says:

    Yes, I can take the pledge. I already gave up sugar 10 years ago, best health decision I ever made.

  6. Lisa Brown says:

    comment as lisa brown – http://obsessivemommy.com/2014/04/18/disneynature-bears/

  7. Natalie says:

    I think I can complete the pledge because it is only 10 days. If I want sugar after 10 days I always have that option.

  8. nicole dz says:

    I would be able to take the challenge cause I already watch my sugar intake and im on a healthy diet. So this is already doable for me. Not a problem.

  9. nicole dz says:

    comment here- http://obsessivemommy.com/2014/04/18/disneynature-bears/

  10. Elena says:

    yes, I can take the pledge. I already avoid sugar and high fructose corn syrup

  11. Jessie C. says:

    I took the pledge, we don’t use much sugar so it is doable.

  12. Jessie C. says:

    Commented on -10 Things You May Not Know About Avocados + Recipes

  13. kim burnett says:

    I can take the pledge because I want to be a healthier person.

  14. Rosie says:

    I commented on Easy “Camp Eggs” Recipe!!! Yum!

  15. Rosie says:

    Yes, I can take the pledge! I eat so little sugar, that it would be silly to not truly get away from the small amount that I do have! I use Truvia and NuNaturals, honey and maple syrup, but mostly I don’t eat much sweets or canned goods with sugar in it!

  16. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I can..and did..take the pledge. I have been on the journey to better food for some time. I have already eliminated HFCS completely and almost all packaged foods. We are eating whole foods cooked at home.

  17. Caroline Wampler says:

    I think I could take the challenge because I already eat relatively healthy and try to limit sugar and processed foods.

  18. Debra S says:

    sure, I took the pledge and I would love to try it. I did just stop drinking sugary drinks, all soda- I sweeten with Stevia. it made a difference already! I think I should and can take it further.

  19. Jennifer Marie says:

    I would love to say that I could take the pledge, but truly I do not think I can. I would have withdrawl!!

  20. Heidi says:

    I think I could take the pledge. I used to be a vegan for about a year and didn’t have any problems with that. Thanks

  21. Sharon Kaminski says:

    I think I could take the pledge because i now already try to eliminate sugar.

  22. mickeyfan says:

    I would certainly THINK I could take the pledge. Maybe. I’m kind of a sugar lover. :)

  23. kim says:

    I am doing the fed up challenge it has been really hard you don’t realize how much sugar you consume!

  24. Annalisa K says:

    I would try but it would be so hard to go without any chocolate

  25. D Schmidt says:

    I can definitely take it because this is a serious issue and I care about my children’s health

  26. Terri Egelund says:

    I will take the challenge to stop eating sugar for 10 days…that’s not very long.

  27. Victoria Mitchell says:

    I think I can take it because I have the right mindset and I’m ready to change my life in a positive way.

  28. Sherrie C. says:

    I took the pledge but I gave up sugar last April when I hit nearly 350lbs! Since then, I’ve lost nearly 110lbs just by cutting out sugar processed foods, and carbs from my diet and by cutting my food portions down by more than half and I’ve never felt better or healthier. I still have a ways to go to reach my healthy weight but I’m getting there one day at a time.


    • Ashleigh says:

      That is awesome! Congratulations on your progress. Even though I look “healthy” is don’t feel like I am. I eat WAY too much sugar and know I need to cut down. I am so scared/excited to start this challenge tomorrow! It’s going to be a rough 10 days but I’m hoping to feel better at the end!

  29. Sherrie C. says:

    Commented on this post


  30. stacy says:

    Yes, definitely! It is something I have wanted to do for a while anyway. I am already vegan, but I can always eat healthier.

  31. sandra says:

    I don’t think so because I rely heavily on prepared foods

  32. latanya says:

    I can take the pledge because I have already started reducing the amount of sugar we eat

  33. latanya says:

    commented here http://obsessivemommy.com/2014/05/06/mary-kay-honored-2014-art-packaging-award-gala-fun-facts-giveaway/

  34. Annie R G says:

    I don’t think my family can take the pledge cause my kids are so used to sweets…

  35. virgomomwriter says:

    I can take it…started eating “nutritarian” the day after Thanksgiving.

  36. janetfaye says:

    I think I could take the pledge. I eat too much sugary food and I know it would be good for me.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  37. Deborah says:

    I can take the pledge. I already gave up sugar years ago.

  38. Deborah says:

    I commented on Easy Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes.

  39. Laura Collins says:

    I try to do this everyday so why take a pledge

  40. Cynthia C says:

    I think I could take the pledge. I don’t eat a lot of sugar, but I would miss my chocolate.

  41. Daniel M says:

    sure doesn’t sound to tough

  42. heather says:

    I gotta say I don’t think I can take the pledge I would slip probably on day three lol.

  43. heather says:

    I commented here http://obsessivemommy.com/2014/05/16/10-facts-million-dollar-arm-review/#comment-19448

  44. Carol says:

    I took the pledge, we don’t use much sugar.

  45. Cynthia R says:

    Even before reading this post I was thinking seriously about this issue, I have done it before for about 2 weeks and I felt so much better, I want to make a serious longer term change regarding sugar.

  46. Laura J says:

    Oh I know it would be very difficult for me, but its so important to try!!! I am sure I would feel so much better too!

  47. kelly nicholson says:

    Visit Fed Up and tell me if you think you can take the pledge. Why or why not?

    i stay away from sugar as much as possible

  48. Lorena Keech says:

    I am not taking the pledge. That just sets you up for failure, look at New Year’s resolutions. I am always careful about sugar consumption and I will continue to be.

  49. Christina Sparks says:

    I have already taken steps to take the pledge as of yesterday I have stopped drinking soda and have started drinking water instead. I am also going to limit and hopefully do away with all the sweets I love to eat that are full of sugar.

  50. ria clarke says:

    I’m trying to but it is so difficult because I have a sweet tooth. I am very conscious about it though so I’m trying to wean my self off slowly so my tastebuds can adjust.

  51. ria clarke says:

    I commented here:

  52. Amber says:

    Yes, I can take the pledge with my family and we will see how we feel at the end of 10 days!

  53. paige chandler says:

    I can and will take the pledge. I eat way too much sugar.

  54. Serena Powell says:

    I’d like to take the challenge but I don’t know if I can make it. I have low blood sugar and find myself reaching for sugar filled snacks when it gets low.

  55. Jacob says:

    Yes, but mainly because we have pretty much already given up sugar. It is a major factor leading to Alzheimer, which runs in the family

  56. Susan Robbins says:

    Yes, I took the pledge and am making a conscious effort to buy less processed food, more fresh food and cooking a lot more at home. It takes work but everything worth while takes work and the reward is huge, we only get one body. Since I am the the one who purchases the food and prepares it that my family eats, then their health is in my hands.

  57. Amy Waite says:

    I would love to take this challenge. I commented on the trimmer.

  58. Hanna D says:

    I can give it a try, but it will be hard. I can’t believe that a jar of Prego spaghetti sauce has so much sugar in it. I thought I was always careful about not eating extra sugar, but after watching the trailer to the movie, I now know that sugar is in practically everything!

  59. sheila k says:

    due to my circumstances, I can’t take the pledge.

  60. Corinne Bozeman says:

    I don’t think I could take the pledge. I’m hooked on pepsi

  61. Conor S. says:

    I can take the pledge, It would be a good habit to get into to reduce sugar intake.

  62. Rosie LaVertue says:

    I would like the chance to try

  63. Robin says:

    I want to take the pledge since I need to limit the sugar in my diet.

  64. Joseph Stowell says:

    Nah, there’s nothing wrong with sugar (unless you are diabetic), but you do need to watch your intake.

  65. Crystal says:

    I think the pledge is awesome for getting people to look closer at the ingredients in what they eat, but I don’t think I could do it! I eat fairly well but I don’t think I could give up my morning espresso (which contains sugar) or daily chocolate! Plus there’s so much “sneaky” sugar in foods that you wouldn’t expect to find it in.

  66. Leah B says:

    I can take the pledge – I’ve been a proponent for cutting out sugar, especially for kids too, ever since Jamie Oliver’s food revolution campaign.

  67. rose says:

    I have taken a lot of steps toward healthier, more wholesome eating. I have cut way back on sugar, but have struggled to give it up completely. I think I could do it for 10 days though!

  68. Lauren Olivia Wood says:

    I could definitely take the pledge because I want to live healthier!

  69. Diane Hamel says:

    I can’t afford whole foods but I would love to try it,,,

  70. Lasonda says:

    I could take the pledge because I have been eating a healthier diet and decreasing my sugar intake.

  71. Amy Z says:

    I will be tough, but I think I can do it. Just the fact that I’m trying is a good thing!

  72. Susan Smith says:

    I can take the pledge. I already gave up sugar last year.

  73. Sky Evans says:

    I can take this since I want to be healthy.

  74. Erica Barnes says:

    I could do it.

  75. Melissa says:

    i want to be healthy so i would take the pledge!

  76. beth says:

    I’d like to try, but I may do it in increments leading up to 10 days. There is also the issue of sugar added to a lot of things that’s hard to parse out.

  77. CJ Godfrey says:

    Yes, I think I could take the pledge. I really need to watch my sugar intake.

  78. Jennifer Reed says:

    I would love to take the pledge to cut out added sugars. I am not sure how successful I will be but I am going to take the pledge.

  79. Jill Myrick says:

    Yes, I took the pledge and will be able to go without sugar for ten days.


  80. kath g says:

    i think i could take the pledge. i already use stevia in place of any sugar i use, but those sneaky sugars in packaged and canned food is hard to avoid sometimes.

  81. kath g says:

    i commented here —

  82. Dana Rodriguez says:

    Chocolate is my weakness so it would be tough!

  83. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I commented here

  84. stacy says:

    I can take the pledge!

  85. Theresa D says:

    I took the pledge to be sugar free ten days. I think I can do it, but it will be difficult with all the hidden sugar in some foods.

  86. shaunie says:

    I could definitely take the pledge. I think healthy food is so important

  87. Lesley F says:

    I’m not sure. 10 days seems like a long time

  88. Corey Olomon says:

    I’ll try, but it will be tough!

  89. maya hu says:

    I can take the pledge easy, I already avoid lots of sugar/corn syrup etc.

  90. Julie Hawkins says:

    I can take the pledge because I want my kids to eat healthy

  91. Lisa says:

    No I could not go without sugar for 10 days I would go insane. What I would be willing to do is only use sugar every other day!

  92. Kayla Malik says:

    I am pregnant so don’t want to restrict any foods I eat, BUT afterwards I want to take the pledge!

  93. amy deeter says:

    I think I could take the pledge.im trying to eliminate sugar out of my life

  94. Christie Moore says:

    I’ve tried before… its hard but worth it.

  95. Deci Mackinnon says:

    I am working towards taking the pledge. Making changes in my diet.

  96. shaunie says:

    I commented on Easy “Camp Egg” Recipe- http://obsessivemommy.com/2014/01/28/easy-camp-eggs-recipe/#comment-20990

  97. Thomas Gibson says:

    I don’t think I could take the pledge. Can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

  98. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I could definitely take the pledge because I want to feel better and eat healthier.

  99. Rosemary Young says:

    would love to learn to eat less sugar!

  100. tina reynolds says:

    I would love to try not just for my self but for my kids

  101. thischickwins says:

    i think i could do it if i were alone- my family brings more sugary stuff into the house than i do.

  102. Gary Black says:

    cutting back in sugar has helped me in many ways
    I especially have begun to taste foods I used to drown in sugar

  103. Lyz S says:

    I’d like to take the pledge…but I just don’t know if I could. There is sugar added to almost EVERYTHING. Just try to find a loaf of wheat bread without added sugar. But I definitely would like to try to cut sugar out of our diet.

  104. ALPA says:

    i think i can take the pledge as i know i’m already putting on a lot of weight and i’m trying hard to diet so.

  105. Missy says:

    Yes, I want to be healthy.

  106. Yes, we are trying to give up processed foods.

  107. cassandra says:

    I would be able to complete the challenge if I put my mind to it.

  108. Thomas Murphy says:

    I can do the pledge because I need to eat better.

  109. Buddy Garrett says:

    I don’t think I can take the pledge. I am hooked on sugar.

  110. vivian blevins says:

    I could take the pledge since I already try to avoid sugar.

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