15 Great Documentaries About Health & Nutrition

November 9, 2016

Have you watched any good documentaries lately?


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As I’ve slowly made my way through my studies in holistic nutrition, I’ve watched so many great documentaries about health and nutrition

Thought it might be fun today to share some of my favorites.  Those that are definitely worth your time, and a few that are even worth obsessing over.

(Warning:  They might make you rethink everything you’ve ever believed about health and nutrition)

Hungry For Change – A mix of expert advice and testimonials, it looks at the lies food companies (literally) are feeding us.  If you’re still eating processed food, this one will be a must-see.

Forks Over Knives – “A film that can save your life”  ~ Roger Ebert     The movie examines the claim that most, if not all, degenerative diseases can be controlled (or even reversed), with a plant-based diet.

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead – Such a great documentary about Joe Cross’s mission to regain his health.  (He started 100 lbs overweight with a slew of health problems). Guaranteed, you’ll be inspired by his interviews with more than 500 people(!)

GMO OMG –  No one doles out the truth like a four-year-old on a quest to learn about GMOs.  What are the health and environmental risks?  More importantly, why haven’t they been labeled yet?

Food Matters – A film that examines the over-industrialization of food production.  How it’s making us sicker and sicker.  It also examines the relationship between the lack of nutrients Americans consume and our rising health care costs


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Food, Inc – A film about the food industry, from a corporate perspective.  What we eat has certainly changed.  This is a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s most powerful food companies and why it’s to their advantage to hide from us the truth about what’s in our food.

Supersize Me – A classic documentary by Morgan Spurlock that makes one simple argument, fast food makes us fat and terribly unhealthy.  To prove it, he takes a 30-day challenge where he only eats food on the McDonald’s menu.  If you’re looking for a swift kick in the pants when it comes to fast food, this doc is powerful medicine

Simply Raw:  Reversing Diabetes with Raw Food – Such a powerful lesson in the true impact healthy eating can have on our bodies.  Not just for our appearance, but also to heal what ails us, from the inside out

Our Chemical Lives –  You’ll be shocked by the degree chemicals have permeated our lives

The Secrets of Sugar – A look at sugar addiction and the perilous impact it is having on our health.  The documentary discusses the food industry’s tactics, including misleading nutrition labels, fuzzy science, and the scale of their advertising campaigns.


Fed Up – Another good one about sugar, for those who aren’t quite sure just how much sugar is in the foods we eat every day. Narrated by Katie Couric, it also delves into the role sugar plays in the obesity epidemic

Food Fight – A fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed during the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counter-revolution against big agribusiness

The Skinny on Obesity – Yet another wholly convincing argument about the dangers of sugar

The Real Dirt on Farmer John – A story about a farmer who shifts from standard methods to farming in a more sustainable way. You’ll love his persistence, dedication, and willingness to be weird

The Future of Food – A documentary that spurred anti-GMO grassroots movements.  It details how genetically engineered practices, seed patenting, and food corporatization are changing our food supply (while most of us have no idea)

Thoughts?  Any others you’d recommend?  I’d love to hear

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  • Reply Christy October 28, 2017 at 3:56 am

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