5 Documentaries That Will Change the Way You Think About Food
Along with the increasing interest over the past few years in what we are putting in our bodies is the growing genre of food and health-related documentaries. Concerned with food industry deception, obesity and the rising number of illnesses in the United States, each film seeks to shed light on the problems existing within the current sphere of health. Here are five movies that will change the way you conceptualize food.
Forks Over Knives
With obesity on the rise and prescriptions taking over all our health issues, “Forks Over Knives” examines the claim that most degenerative diseases can be controlled or even reversed by a proper diet that avoids processed and animal-based foods. Through an examination of the careers and findings of physicians, biochemists and professors, the film looks into the reason we are sicker than ever despite the most advanced technology in the world. Throughout the film, cameras follow patients with chronic conditions to test the idea that food is the ideal medicine.
Hungry For Change
From the creators of “Food Matters,” “Hungry for Change” exposes the deceptive secrets and strategies the food and diet industries use to keep us hooked on processed foods and coming back for more. Featuring interviews with leading medical experts and best-selling authors, this film will have you questioning what goes in your body and help you escape the constant trap of yo-yo dieting. Through proper nutrition, “Hungry for Change” will teach you how to become beautiful from the inside out.
An oldie but a goodie, “Food Inc.” is a must-see documentary that exposes the shocking truths about the food industry, what we eat, and how it is produced. Hidden from American consumers, our nation’s food supply is currently controlled by a handful of corporations that put profit before the safety and health of consumers, the environment, animals and workers. Featuring expert interviews and local farmers, the movie brings to life the surprising realities of pesticides, harmful bacteria and steroid-ridden animals.
Seeking to provide a new mentality about what we’re eating, “Fresh” celebrates farmers and businesses across the nation that are re-inventing our food system. Featuring notable individuals who have experienced or witnessed the harmful effects of obesity, food contamination and environmental pollution, the documentary offers healthy and sustainable alternatives for a better future. At a time where most of our food is being mass produced, urban farmers show that there are still efficient ways to produce organic food.
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
The heartwarming documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, chronicles the journey of Joe Cross, sick and nearly 100 pounds overweight, on his mission to regain his health. After seeing numerous doctors and loading up on steroids and other conventional medicines for his autoimmune disease, Joe decides to take matters into his own hands. He ditches the junk food and vows to stick to a fresh vegetable and fruit juice only cleanse for 60 days. Travelling more than 3,000 miles, Joe talks to more than 500 Americans along the way, noting their views on health and food. His transformation and unconventional story are nothing short of inspiring.
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