Unfortunately, Americans are being suckered into eating foods that are stripped of nutrients, made in labs and somehow get labeled as “healthy” and “natural” but couldn’t be further from the truth. But because the food industry is also a big business, many of us are kept in the dark about what “food” today is really doing to our bodies.
The Standard American Diet is rich in food such as hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, ice cream, cookies, chips and more. Packages boast words like “healthy,” “natural,” “low fat,” “farm fresh,” “humanely raised,” but often fall short of any of those claims and are doing nothing for our health except hurting it.
Over 3 years ago we watched several food films that would change the way we decided to eat forever. They are paving the way for the local, organic, plant-based, real food movement and will hopefully make you rethink everything you know about health and food.
Here are some of our top favorite food documentaries that may make you make a change or two in the way you eat. So grab your (organic) popcorn and enjoy!
- Food, Inc.
This is the first film we watched back when it debuted in 2009 and started a change in the way we ate. Food, Inc. lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing how our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Food, Inc. reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it’s produced and who we have become as a nation.
- Forks Over Knives
The film examines the claim that most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of two researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.
- King Corn
A journey into the digestive tract of our fast food nation where one pesticide-laden, heavily-subsidized commodity dominates the food pyramid from top to bottom – corn. College buddies Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis return to their ancestral home of Greene, Iowa to figure out how corn conquered America. With the help of some real farmers, oodles of fertilizer and government aid, and some genetically modified seeds, they manage to grow one acre of corn. Along the way, they unlock the scary hidden truths about America’s modern food system.
- Supersize Me
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock makes himself a test subject in this documentary about the commercial food industry. After eating a diet of McDonald’s fast food, three times a day for a month straight, Morgan proves the physical and mental effects of consuming fast food. “Super Size Me” sheds a new light on obesity, which has quickly become one of our nation’s biggest health problems. Watch it free on YouTube.
- Hungry For Change
Shocking secrets are exposed that the diet, weight loss and food industries don’t want you to know about deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve.
- Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
Overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, this film follows Joe Cross on his road to self recovery. Joe traded in junk food and hit the road with a his juicer in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. His goal was to get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle. See how he achieved this and also helped a 400+ truck driver with the same medical condition find health and balance as well. Watch it free on Hulu.
- Fed Up
Fed Up blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and exercise, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry aided by the U.S. government to mislead and confuse the American public. The film follows a group of families battling to lead healthier lives and reveals why the conventional wisdom of exercise and eating right is not ringing true for millions of people struggling with diabetes, childhood obesity and other serious conditions.
This film follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. They begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture and before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before. This documentary showcases the evolution of three people who share one journey and ultimately look for ways to create a kinder, cleaner, greener world, one bite at a time. Watch free on Hulu.
- Food Matters
Food Matters uncovers the trillion dollar worldwide sickness industry and gives people some solutions for curing disease naturally. The focus of the film is in helping us rethink the belief systems fed to us by our modern medical and health care systems. The interviewees point out that not every problem requires costly, major medical attention and reveal many alternative therapies that can be more effective, more economical, less harmful and less invasive than conventional medical treatments.
- A Place at the Table
One in 4 children don’t know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table tells the stories of three Americans as they struggle just to eat. This film shows how the issue could be solved forever.
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Until next time, keep it real.
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