I’ve been binge-watching documentaries like you wouldn’t believe lately. I just love everything about documentaries and I’m always craving new learning opportunities. I just feel like you can never learn enough, you know? No matter what, there’s always more you can learn.
Food documentaries, to me, started with Super Size Me. I remember watching it in school one year and then I rented it with my family and we watched it again. I just couldn’t even begin to fathom that certain foods could actually be so incredibly bad for you. It just boggled my mind. Ever since then, I haven’t been the most careful with my diet, but honestly, after watching the following food documentaries, it’s really made me take a step back and think more about what we’re putting into our bodies.
And yes, Cory and I were recently that couple at the grocery store reading labels. We have NEVER done that before. And I was actually shocked that Cory was reading the labels right along with me!
One | Fed Up: This was the documentary that started my food documentary craze. I was immediately entranced after randomly selecting it to watch while I folded a mountain of laundry. This documentary discusses the child obesity epidemic and why this problem is facing our nation today. It’s pretty scary when you think about it, but this really really opened my eyes to the world of processed foods!
Two | Vegucated: You may not know this about me, but I was vegetarian for almost 2 years in high school. It was mainly due to the concern of animal treatment in America, but I quit after the temptation for a cheeseburger just got too strong. I was never a vegan, though, so the vegan lifestyle is still a bit foreign to me. Even after watching this documentary, I’m still going back and forth between the “we’re at the top of the food chain so we’re supposed to eat meat” argument and the “it’s inhumane to eat animals due to the practices of farms in our country” argument. It definitely gives you something to think about, though, that’s for sure.
Three | Hungry for Chance: This documentary, to me, was like a combination of the movies above. It really delved into the way we view food in our culture and Furthermore, it really dissected and discussed artificial sweeteners in our diet and the devastating effects of diet soda as well. Joe Cross, the guy behind the documentary Fat Sick and Nearly Dead (the next food documentary on my list) also made an appearance where he discussed the enormous benefits that juicing can have on our health, body and wellbeing. I loved this one!
Remember, though, with documentaries to do your own research afterwards as well. Documentaries to tend to be bias on the topic they are discussing and they often don’t present both sides to the issue fairly. I always try and keep an open mind while I’m watching as well, so my own research isn’t too tainted.
All in all, these documentaries have been good food for thought (see what I did there) for me. It’s really led me to question the foods that we’re placing in our bodies and it’s really made me think about the small changes we can make to our diet to be healthier and eat healthier as well.
Next up on my watch list, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead 2 and Food Inc.
What food documentaries have you watched recently on Netflix?
Are you a documentary watcher like I am?