Let’s face it. Facts are dry, boring, and hard to grasp. But, stories? They’re compelling, fun, and easy to remember. Over the past number of years, the number of food and health documentaries has exploded. From food politics to paradigm shifts in nutrition theory, there’s a lot going on in the spheres of food and health right now.
So, whether you’re looking for a little inspiration to clean up your own eating habits, or are fascinated by food politics, watching a food documentary is a great place to start!
Here are some of mypicks for the best food documentaries:
Forks Over Knives (2011)
If you haven’t watched any food documentaries yet, this is the perfect one to start. It will be particularly interesting for you if you A-eat a lot of meat or dairy, B-have or know someone with chronic disease, C-are a human. This documentary follows well respected researchers as they conduct groundbreaking studies that lead them to conclude that most, if not all of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by replacing animal products and processed foods, with whole plant based foods.
Food Matters (2008)
This documentary argues that many health conditions can be treated through proper diet changes. Available on Netflix, and the Food Matters website has lots of interesting articles, too.
That Sugar Film (2014)
Still eating cereal and low fat yogurt? Than That Sugar Film is for you. This documentary follows Damon Gameau, who sets out to see what 40 grams of sugar a day (which the average American eats) would do to his body. The caveat…he wasn’t going to drink soda or eat cake. Instead he decided to get his daily dose strictly from hidden sources of sugar, the products typically considered healthy, like the aforementioned cereal or low fat yogurt. What happens to his body in two months is scary. If you need a reason to kick your sugar habit, this is it.
Concerned about the drought in California? You must watch “Cowspiracy,” a documentary produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. This film focuses more on the environmental damage that animal agriculture causes, such as deforestation, pollution, and global warming. As he goes around speaking to environmental groups, filmmaker Kip Andersen is warned that his freedom and life are at risk if he dares to mess with the meat industry. A must-see.
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead (2010)
Want proof that changing your diet can dramatically alter not just your weight but your health? Than this is your film. It follows Joe Cross, an Australian businessman whose junk food diet and modern lifestyle left him 100 pounds overweight and with with some strange and rare health problems. This inspiring and lighthearted film follows Joe’s personal journey to health, and reverse not just his weight, but his illness by changing his diet.
What food documentaries do you recomend? Leave your comments below