Watch these 5 documentaries to help you get rid of sugar cravings, stop eating animal based food, and transition to a healthy eating lifestyle!

These inspiring health documentaries opened my eyes and motivated me to pursue healthy eating.

After my Thyroidectomy in 2017, I got determined to never let my body undergo another surgery nor drown my system in medications and supplements.

While on medical leave from work and recovering from the surgery, I watched all health documentaries I can find.

I discovered that most of our health problems today are caused by the food we chose to put in our body.

Sugar, salt, and fat. Repeat.

Processed food, refined food, and fast food. Repeat.

5 Best Documentaries For Healthy Eating

1. Food Inc.

Why you should watch this…

  • To discover where the food you bring to your table comes from
  • To learn how skewed the biggest corporation in the food industry
  • To start to demand to make a change in the way our food is produced

Food, Inc. by far is the most controversial health documentary I saw. The first 3-minute of the film bombarded me with disturbing facts about how the food industries produced manufactured our food today.

The film reveals where our food really comes from, how it’s made, and why we are eating the kind of foods we have today.

Dive more into this topic by reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals written by Michael Pollan himself and Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser himself.

2. Fed Up

Why you should watch this…

  • To learn how the food guides (like the food pyramid) are shaped by giant food industries which then released by the government to the public
  • To discover why “Calories In, Calories Out” won’t work
  • To change your point of view on food packages with “Non-Fat, Zero Calories, etc.”

Fed Up is a documentary narrated and co-produced by Katie Couric which was released in 2014. It tackles the current weight gain problem and obesity epidemic in America.

The film reveals how in 1977, the egg, sugar, dairy, and beef association rejected the McGovern report and demanded to rewrite it. McGovern report suggested that Americans eat less fat, less cholesterol, less refined and processed sugars, and more complex carbohydrates and fiber. And so it was revised.

One of my favorite TED Talk is Teach every child about food | Jamie Oliver. Jamie talked about global obesity, sugar over consumption, and real food.

3. That Sugar Film

Why you should watch this…

  • To cut down your sugar intake
  • To learn how sugar really makes us fat
  • To discover where sugar is hiding in our food

It is NOT not enough exercise that’s making us fat. It’s sugar!

That Sugar Film is an Australian health documentary about, you know it, sugar! Presented creatively and unlike any typical serious documentary but still controversial.

The film will open your eyes to how much sugar is included in our ordinary food we find in a supermarket today.

This documentary explained the different types of sugar: Lactose, Glucose, Sucrose, and Fructose that we consume and how our body treats each sugar types.

A formulation in food called Bliss Point is discovered by Howard Moskowitz which he describes as “that sensory profile where you like food the most.” Bliss Point is formulated into pasta sauce, soda, yogurt, potato chips, almost any food today to make us hooked!

It explains why non-fat foods have even more sugar and what role did Eisenhower play in making foods non-fat from the 1970s to the present.

At the end part of the film, it was recommended that females should only consume 6 teaspoons of sugar and 9 teaspoons for males.


You can also watch on Youtube a documentary about sugar by BBC “The Truth About Sugar”.

4. What The Health

Why you should watch this…

  • To learn the co-relation between diet and diabetes
  • To know why pills and medications are not the answer
  • To avoid heart disease, diabetes, and cancer down the road

What The Health is a 2017 documentary written, produced, and directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn. They are the same people who have written, produced, and directed the Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014).

The film revealed that a diabetes organization, cancer society foundation, and heart association are sponsored by the giant food industries that sell unhealthy food products to the public.

Through this film, I discovered that processed meat is directly linked to cancer. And big food industries that processed meat are major sponsors of the American Cancer Society. What the health?

Have you ever heard of Cheeseburger law? You’ll learn about it in this film.


5. Fork Over Knives

Why you should watch this…

  • To stop or lessen animal based food consumption
  • To start eating plant based food
  • To live long with a healthy body

Fork Over Knives is one of the first documentaries I’ve seen about food and health co-relation. I was particularly searching for a documentary that would convince me to change my diet to mostly plant based (not yet 100% but I will get there).

Through this film, I discovered the benefits of whole food plant based diet to human health and the “relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.”

After watching Fork Over Knives, I bought the The China Study book written by T. Colin Campbell himself and his son, Thomas M. Campbell II and The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.

But wait there’s more!

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

Why you should watch this…

  • To get started on juicing fruits and vegetables
  • To lose weight through a juice fast
  • To stop eating junk food and start consuming fruits and vegetables

Daily consumption of Fries, Pizzas, and Burgers will eventually make you Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead is an American health documentary film released in 2010. It is about the journey of an Australian man who traveled across the United States while on a 60-day juice fast.

This film started the juicing tribe as it answers questions like, “Why juice fruits and vegetables when you can eat them?” Also, “Why not just buy and drink those juices in groceries and supermarkets?”

I understand how it popularized juicing, it is very easy to relate to the people in this movie.

After the release of this film, a juicing movement began with people undergoing a juice fast for 10, 30, or over 60 days and to get the result they wanted.

A little off in this film is the subtle exposure of Breville juicers which is why it was tagged as an “infomercial passing itself off a documentary“.

In the end… It is best to (1) Eat plant based food (2) Avoid animal based food (3) Stay away from processed and refined food (4) Consume minimal amount of sugar and (5) Get a dog! Walk the dog everyday — instant exercise!

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