What to Watch: Thought Provoking Shows About Food

By Lindsey Johnson

Love to eat? Curious about where your food comes from? Want to know more about food preparation, different eating styles and more? We’ve got you covered. Take a break from reality TV to learn more about food and nutrition!


Food, Inc. is an exposé on corporate farming and agribusiness in the United States. The film examines ways in which current agricultural production
is neither economically nor environmentally sustainable. It also highlights the ways in which the government controls the food supply chain and how regulations could be contributing to the worsening health of the nation.
Available on: Prime Video, Tubi, Vudu, YouTube


Filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn take a look behind the scenes of the animal agriculture business and the impact it plays on the environment. They interview top environmentalists and discover that there may be a link between current agribusiness practices and environmental deterioration such as emission of greenhouse gases, rainforest destruction, species extinction and more.
Available on: Netflix


As a follow-up to the documentary titled “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret,” filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn propose that pharmaceutical companies, big business and government corruption are all working against the health of Americans and keeping us sick with their policies. Proponents of a plant-based diet, this film also analyzes possible detrimental effects of animal-based products.
Available on: Netflix


Chef Samin Nosrat travels the world exploring how four key elements (salt, fat, acid and heat) impact cooking and flavor. In the series, she prepares meals in different countries and dives into the history and culture of the food. Each episode takes her to a different country to explore one of the key elements.
Available on: Netflix


Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock gives us an up close look at his 30-day adventure of eating only food from the McDonald’s menu, super sized if offered, for all three meals. During the 30 days, he not only changes his eating habits, he also adjusts his movement to that of a typical American (approximately 5,000 steps per day). In the end, the experiment was to show the effects of how an American lifestyle of eating only high-fat, high- cholesterol food and minimal physical activity takes a toll on the body.
Available on: Prime Video, Tubi, Vudu


Forks over Knives examines the idea that plant-based diets can prevent or reverse many chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Exploring the notion of food as medicine, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a surgeon, separately explore the positive effects of a whole food, plant-based diet as a solution to reduce chronic disease.
Available on: Tubi, Vudu, YouTube, Prime Video


Executive Producers James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic and Chris Paul explore the connection between protein and strength by comparing both meat and plant-based protein sources. Primarily focusing on athletes and how performance, endurance and overall health is impacted, this film seeks to demonstrate the benefits of a plant-based diet even with elite athletes.
Available on: Netflix


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