Parents think about food more than ever, because food is complicated and food matters. It matters a great deal and you reading this article proves you care about the food you eat. It probably means you also like learning about food. Fortunately, you can find food information everywhere.
Sometimes I suffer from information overload, including information about food. But, I know the food we eat governs overall health, mental health, strength, longevity, learning, sleep, and more, so I feel compelled to learn as much as I can.
Here are three documentaries that I think have high quality information, packed into a little over an hour each. Watch them, take what feels important to you, and enjoy! Netflix streams all three and you can get a one month free account if you don’t already have one.
Sugar Coated – PG – Five Stars
This 2016 winner of the Donald Britain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary reveals how the sugar industry slithered into our lives and our mouths, and hijacked our tastebuds with virtually no warning. Michele Hozer directed Sugar Coated and her Canadian company, The Cutting Factory, produced it.
I really like how this group of filmmakers used their artistic style to present a mass of factual information that really tells the story of sugar and its nutritional, political, sociological, medical, and economic aspects. It doesn’t mean you will want to give up your dark chocolate, though! But, after watching this film your relationship with sugar will have changed forever. PG says you can even watch this with your children, which I think is a great idea!
As you check out the Cutting Factory website you will probably find other superior documentaries you might want to watch. I did!
Food Matters – NR – Five Stars
Produced in 2008 by James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch, Food Matters delves into the way food both nourishes and heals the body. It also explains that the body has a natural detox mechanism built into it. This detox system works well as long as we don’t stuff ourselves full of processed and toxic things.
This film, not as new as Sugar Coated, contains a vast body of priceless information that can help us sort through food and food-like products more confidently when we shop. The truth about health and nutrition never gets outdated. In addition, the interviewed experts propose that superior nutrition can make many health conditions preventable, treatable, and reversible without costly medical treatments.
Big ideas like those discussed in this film take time to digest. They can also serve as inspiration for making big changes in your own life.
Hungry for Change – NR – 4.5 Stars
You can watch this film from Food Matters alone, with friends, or with your family. Hungry for Change was produced in Australia and released in 2012. The cast includes Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Christine Northrop – author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, Chef Jamie Oliver, and at least a dozen other experts who believe that a superior life depends on superior nutrition. I enjoyed hearing the variety of what this large group of interviewees had to say.
Some of the topics include weight management, sugar, and the FDA’s influence on the food industry in America. You will also find details on some easy to use healthy eating strategies. Over all, Hungry for Change contains a huge amount of interesting ideas and facts. It might feel a little mind boggling at first, but any positive changes you make after watching this film are a good thing. Right?
Enjoy these films for what they offer. Share them with people you know. Let me know what you think!