Over the years, numerous 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 substances are used as food preservatives, documentary filmmakers seem to be leading food awareness campaigns and show no sign of stopping.
Here are five food documentaries that will forever change the way you think about food.
1. Food, Inc.
We know that corporate control of our daily lives exists to some extent but does it go as far as our food? Director Robert Kenner explores the relationship between government and big business in the food industry and it’s not pretty. The widespread use of chemicals to enhance size, promote disease resistance, and preserve (even raw) food, plus the unnatural manipulation of plant genes may have disastrous consequences to human health. Modern farming is much different than traditional farming and pressure on the American farmer is considerable. Monsanto, the chemical manufacturing giant, is indicted in the film and has dedicated several pages to answering the questions raised.
2. Food Matters
Not only literal food but food for thought, nutritionists and natural healing experts assert—based on scientifically-proven alternatives—that a combination of detoxification, changed diet, and appropriate supplements can treat and reverse chronic illness—even terminal cancer. The trillion-dollar “sickness industry” is exposed as a political and profit-driven force that is not serving us.
This documentary follows patients with serious chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease as they change their diets in favor of plant-based whole food. Dr. T. Colin Campbell of Cornell University and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn of the Cleveland Clinic investigate the notion that most—if not, all—of the degenerative diseases we experience can be prevented, controlled, and even reversed by eliminating animal-based and processed foods. The prevalence of pharmaceuticals, surgery, obesity, diabetes, stroke, and cancer are all increasing and are already at critical levels. Making such a drastic lifestyle change has its challenges but the health benefits are more than worth it.
4. Meet Your Meat
Narrated by Alec Baldwin, this documentary by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) removes the mask that hides where your meat comes from. A 12-minute short, the film shows chickens, cattle, and other animals and the horrible treatment some endure in their short lives just to end up on your dinner plate. While there is an obvious agenda, there are very serious issues raised relating to meat production. Not for the faint of heart.
5. Simply Raw
There have been studies comparing the efficacy of raw versus cooked foods and the results are mixed. In this film, holistic doctor Gabriel Cousens, MD supports six diabetics as they change to a strict raw diet of organic vegan foods for thirty days and documents the results in the reversal of their disease—without drugs. The multi-level transformations experienced by the patients are astounding and inspiring.