10 Must-Watch Vegan Documentaries
The best thing you can do for your health is transition from a diet high in animal-based and highly processed foods to a whole food, plant-based diet. Not only will you avoid many of the negative consequences associated with animal-based, highly-processed foods, like high cholesterol and high blood pressure, but you will also reap the benefits of prevention or reversal of diseases and an overall improved quality of life.
In this article, Jesal V. Popat, M.D., FACC, the best heart doctor in Tampa Bay, goes over the top ten must-watch vegan documentaries for those looking to learn more about the benefits that a whole-food, plant-based diet can have on their health and the planet as a whole. Since you’re probably stuck inside right now, what better time to sit back and catch up on some documentaries?
What the Health
What the Health, produced by filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, seeks to uncover the negative health impacts of consuming animal products and explore the benefits of a plant-based diet. It demonstrates that, in addition to having a positive impact on the planet, veganism is also beneficial for your health.
The Game Changers
The Game Changers is an award-winning film produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarznegger, and Jackie Chan which follows UFC fighter James Wilks on his quest to discover the truth about meat, protein, and the explosive rise of plant-based diets. The film covers a variety of athletes and how a plant-based diet has transformed their lives.
Forks Over Knives
Forks Over Knives, written and directed by Lee Fulkerson, examines the claim that “most, if not all, of the chronic diseases that afflict us can be controlled or even reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.” The storyline traces the journey of nutritional biochemist Dr. T. Colin Cambell and top surgeon Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn to discover the capacity of a whole-food, plant-based diet to prevent chronic diseases.
Vegan: Everyday Stories
Vegan: Everyday Stories follows the lives of four very different people, an ultramarathon runner, a cattle rancher’s wife, a food truck owner, and an eight-year-old girl, living vegan lifestyles. The movie succeeds in demonstrating the variety of vegans across the globe and how a whole-food, plant-based diet fits into different lifestyles.
Eating You Alive
Eating You Alive, starring celebrities like Samuel L. Jackson and James Cameron, explores the link between the rise of chronic disease and the dietary habits of Americans. It features leading medical experts on the subject with a scientific look into who is responsible for misinformation regarding meat and dairy products and the benefits of plant-based nutrition.
The End of Meat
The End of Meat envisions a future where meat consumption is a thing of the past and how it would look like in terms of the impact on our health, animals, and the environment. The film seeks, like many others in this list, to explore the hidden impacts of meat consumption on our health and the benefits associated with plant-based diets.
Diet Fiction, directed by Michal Siewierski, seeks to expose the truth behind diet culture and “the manipulation of the multi-billion dollar diet industry.” In response to the obesity epidemic that’s afflicting American society, the film also offers new ideas backed by scientific evidence on how plant-based foods can lead to improved health and long-term sustainable weight loss.
The Big Fat Lie
The Big Fat Lie examines some of the “most damaging public health recommendations in the history of our country”. Combining humor with scientific evidence, the film calls on the government to update its health policies regarding diabetes, obesity, and the advantages of a plant-based diet over meat and diary.
Plant Pure Nation
Plant Pure Nation follows the attempt by three people to introduce a pilot program in the Kentucky legislature to document the health benefits of a plant-based diet. The film as a whole seeks to spread the groundbreaking benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet from preventing diseases to reversing chronic conditions like heart disease. If you’re concerned with the impact that improper nutrition has had on your heart health, consult a cardiologist for heart care in Tampa.
Food Choices, produced by Michal Siewierski, similarly explores the impact food choices can have on our health, the health of the planet, and the health of other living species. Featuring interviews with 28 experts, including Dr. John McDougall and Rich Roll, the film breaks down many misconceptions about diet in an attempt to introduce a unique perspective on the issue.
Everything in Moderation
As you’re stuck inside during the coming weeks, it’s important to keep moderation in mind. It will be all too easy to forgo eating right and remaining active during what is undoubtedly a stressful time. But now is the perfect time to transition to a whole-food, plant-based diet, especially if you are concerned about your heart health. For assistance planning a plant-based diet, consult Dr. Popat, a heart specialist in Tampa.
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