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Documentaries On Nutrition

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In this age of search engines one can easily find hundreds of thousands of articles, blogs, and forums about nutrition. However, making use of a limitless source of information isn’t as easy as it sounds. With so much misinformation out there, how do you know what you can trust? Where can you start?

A great way to find your starting point is by watching documentaries. Here are three to get you started:

Super Size Me (2004)

Available on Hulu, DVD on Netflix

Super Size Me takes a comedic approach. The narrator takes it upon himself to eat McDonalds for every meal of every day – for a month. The film isn’t heavy on scientific talk so you don’t need to know much to get gist. If your question is “What really happens if I eat crap all the time?”, this documentary will give you a good idea and a couple laughs along the way. You won’t want to touch a BigMac for a couple weeks or possibly at all.

Food, Inc. (2008)

Available on Netflix and Amazon Prime

Food, Inc. sheds light on all the gory details of the processed food industry. There is some scary stuff in this film – it’s one of those films that doesn’t need to pose its argument by bringing in professionals (although it does). Food, Inc. makes its argument by showing you things that make you cringe.

Forks Over Knives (2011)

Available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime

Forks Over Knives is so packed with facts and interviews that it gets a little hard to sit through. It bashes the avoid-meat-eat-plants mindset down your throat and lodges it there. Along the way you realize that things may not be exactly as the film portrays, but it brings up legitimate concepts. There are times in history that certain types of food were taken away from populations and certain diseases also became less common. There are villages around the world where certain diseases are almost completely unheard of – along with certain kinds of food. Few people agree on why these correlations exist. You’ll have to figure out yourself.

Be Careful! As always, don’t trust everything you hear or see – even in documentaries.

It is important to keep in mind that watching a documentary is like listening to someone argue their point with no opposition for two hours straight. Think of a documentary as an educated opinion – not necessarily a fact. Do a Google search of “criticism” and the documentary (Example: “Forks Over Knives Criticism”), and you’ll see other sides to the story. That being said, documentaries open your eyes to new perspectives and are great tools to learn more.

Have you ever watched a documentary that has sparked a passion (not limited to nutrition and food)? Share your thoughts below, we’d love to add a few more documentaries to our lists.

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