The choice to begin a vegan lifestyle can be incredibly overwhelming. As with any undertaking, it’s better to be able to make an informed decision. There are several documentaries that can help gain the information needed to make this transition successfully.
The documentary, Food Inc., Robert Kenner informs consumers of information that has thus far been kept from them, with the consent of the very government agencies, the FDA and USDA, which are supposed to keep them informed. The health of the American consumer is taking a backseat to the profit margins of a few corporations. Their practices are bringing about new strains of the bacteria, E. coli, and epidemic levels of obesity, particularly in children, and type two diabetes. An article in Crickey.com.au (Food Inc – why it’s so relevant for Australian audiences)highlights why this film IS relevant for Australians and not just for the US market.
In the documentary, Forks Over Knives, the claim that “claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.” is investigated in detail. Even though the United States has the most technologically advanced healthcare system in the world, Americans are, as a people, unhealthier in almost every category. With two out of three Americans being overweight, diabetes is at epidemic proportions, and half the population currently taking at least one prescription drug, it is clear that something has to be done. The theory that these health problems are caused by the American diet is tested by having a number of patients with chronic diseases, like heart disease or diabetes, adopt a whole foods, plant based diet and watched as these conditions seemed to rectify themselves.
Vegucated follows three New Yorkers who have committed to living a vegan lifestyle for six weeks, in an attempt to lose weight. This documentary gives an up close view on what it really means to be a vegan. It also allows the viewer a way to learn the difficulties and the advantages of the vegan lifestyle.
Food Matters discloses topics such as the benefits of a diet that is both raw and vegan, the safety of the food people are currently eating, and whether or not health food can actually fight various diseases.
From pets and food to animal testing in labs, Earthlings explores every aspect of mankind’s relationship with animals. This documentary goes into great detail about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment, and medical testing. Footage is shot everywhere from puppy mills to farms and slaughterhouses. It would be difficult not to find your heart touched at what the animals filmed go through for the sake of man.
The documentary crazy sexy cancer spotlights Kris Car, who was diagnosed with an incredibly rare form of cancer in 2003. Her illness was so rare that the only treatments available were experimental. Instead of going the traditional route of chemotherapy and radiation, Carr chose to “treat” her illness with vegetables, herbal treatments and yoga, and it worked! This is a very inspiring look at how what people puts into their body’s effects them.
Even if you are not considering a vegan diet, then it is still worth your while to be informed, watch some great documentaries and to try adding more veggies into your life simply because they are delicious!