When reading the stories behind numerous diet changes, it always seems that film is a catalyst for inspiring good health. Various food documentaries have hit the masses with eye opening footage, facts, and research about America’s food industry. Whether it be the truth behind meat production in the United States or how many harmful chemicals are used as food preservatives, documentary filmmakers seem to be leading food awareness campaigns and show no sign of stopping. Below are five food documentaries that will change your life.
Food, Inc. – Filmmaker Robert Kenner exposes how a handful of corporations put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers, and the environment. The United States’ food supply has fallen into the hands of executives (with government consent) that advocate for bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, and even tomatoes that won’t go bad, by any means necessary. But all of these “perfect” foods have severe consequences, including new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually, widespread obesity—particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults. Food, Inc. says open your eyes, and numerous Americans finally see. Let’s hope we don’t become what we eat.
Forks Over Knives – Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a top surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, explore the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. Two out of every three Americans are overweight, cases of diabetes are exploding, and approximately half of Americans are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, despite the fact that billions are spent each year to “battle” these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases. Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn say there’s a better way. In the film, cameras follow “reality patients” who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments – while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed.
Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days – Dr. Gabriel Cousens, a well known holistic medical doctor and authority on alternative healing and raw living food nutritional therapies, challenges six Americans with diabetes to switch to a diet consisting entirely of vegan, organic, uncooked food in order to reverse the disease without pharmaceutical medication. No meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, soda, junk food, fast food, processed food, packaged food, and even cooked food for 30 days. The documentary follows each participant’s remarkable journey, capturing the medical, physical, and emotional transformations brought on by this radical diet and lifestyle change. The film reveals, with startling clarity, that diet can reverse disease and change lives.
Food Matters – Filmmakers James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch expose the trillion dollar worldwide ‘sickness industry’ and provide people with scientifically verifiable alternatives for overcoming illness naturally. The filmmakers interview several leading experts in nutrition and natural healing who claim that not only are we harming our bodies with improper nutrition, but that the right kind of foods, supplements and detoxification can be used to treat chronic illnesses as fatal as terminally diagnosed cancer. The film inspires viewers to rethink the belief systems fed to us by our modern medical and health care establishments.
Meet Your Meat – The infamous People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals aka PETA created this documentary to uncover the horrific side of factory farming and the origins of many Americans’ meat. Narrated by Alec Baldwin, and directed by Bruce Friedrich and Cem Akin, the 12-minute short shows egg-laying hens in crowded cages the size of a file drawer, castrated cattles with their horns ripped off and third-degree burns, chickens bred and drugged to grow so quickly that their hearts, lungs, and limbs can’t keep up, along with numerous other animal atrocities. While some label the documentary as pure propaganda, it does explore a side of meat production that’s rarely discussed. Critics should take notes.
Have you seen any of the above documentaries? If so, drop your thoughts! Or which films seem most appealing if you haven’t seen any? We’d love to hear your feedback!