I usually use Netflix to binge watch old Disney films or American TV shows. Lately however, there have been loads of amazing new documentaries added to Netflix’s ever expanding list of things to watch. One genre of documentaries that I can’t get enough of is their huge selection based around food. I seem to have watched quite a few lately and they have really changed my outlook on food. Both in terms of production and how it effects not only local communities but the environment as a whole, as well as how it has effected society over the years in terms of health epidemics.

I’m not saying in any way that I am now the healthiest person in the world, but these documentaries have definitely opened my eyes in regard to the food industry. It has changed my shopping habits and has changed the way I think in terms of where my food comes from and how it is made.

Food Inc

This documentary focuses on the treatment of animals in the process of our food chain. This isn’t a documentary for the faint hearted as there are some pretty graphic scenes involving the treatment of some animals. It seriously opened my eyes in terms of thinking about where my food comes from and has changed my shopping habits when I’m doing the weekly shop. It really does make a difference buying organic and free range meats, as the animal’s lives are so much better.

Hungry For Change

This documentary explores the idea that diets are something that has been created to make money and that they don’t actually work. Lots of nutritionists argue that the food industry create diets to guilt trip people into feeling bad about themselves and their bodies. It highlights how food companies market their food as reduced fat products but in order to make it taste nice they add lots of sugar, which is actually worse for you body. It made me realise that there aren’t any quick fixes to have the perfect body, that being healthy is a way of life not a fad diet.

Fed Up

Feb Up looks at childhood obesity in America. It explains that it is cheaper for families to buy sugary and processed food and suggests that governmental issues are behind the epidemic. It talks heavily about sugar in the food industry and explains the science behind its effects on the human body. It really changed my outlook on sugar and even though I knew it wasn’t good for you, I didn’t realise how bad it is for you.
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead

An Australian man has been diagnosed with a critical illness but after years of being overweight, not exercising and not paying attention to what is best for his body he decides that something needs to change. He travels to America and he takes the viewer on a juicing journey that really opened my eyes as to how important eating healthily is for the body. After months of eating pure, natural food, his illness was greatly improved and it really made me think about how food doesn’t only effect how you look on the outside but also how it keeps you healthy on the inside.

Have you watched any of these documentaries?
What are your thoughts about where our food comes from?


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This post was originally written by Madolyn Blackburn for The Closet | Link