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Whether it’s at cocktail parties, on the sidelines at soccer or in carpool, we’re hearing lots of conversation these days about food’s direct relationship to health. Judging from the wide range of opinions within the medical community and voluminous commentary across various media outlets, it’s clear this is a controversial topic, but one, nonetheless, we at StyleBlueprint want to encourage.

Today, we’re sharing a list of our favorite movies dedicated to this theme, and a trailer for each. Regardless of whether you embrace the theories these movies promote or not, it’s eye-opening to consider where our food supply stands, how it’s changed and if you’re okay eating what is stocked so bountifully in our markets. It’s not up to us to tell you what to believe or what to eat, but as this conversation is absorbing the time and energy for many, we feel it merits some discussion within our StyleBlueprint community, as well. And, to be frank, we simply find this topic interesting. If you haven’t seen these already, here are 5 movies we recommend watching to challenge your thoughts on this important topic.


Top Five Food Documentaries 


Food Inc: This is perhaps the most widely seen movie of all that made today’s list. I was pretty shocked by it, and thought I knew a lot. This movie begins with the proclamation that the way we eat has changed more in the past 50 years than it has in the past 10,000 years. It does not promote a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, but promotes the idea of farms raising crops and animals the same way they were raised in our grandparents’ generation and before.


Forks Over Knives: This movie is dedicated to educating viewers on the importance of a whole foods, plant-based diet. The doctors featured in this documentary strictly avoid dairy, meat and oil and explain how their research points to this lifestyle’s benefits, where heart disease, diabetes and cancer are concerned.


Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead: This movie follows a man as he embarks on a 60-day juice fast (green juice) to drastically change the course of his health. Along the way, he talks with people on the street and in diners about their thoughts on food. It’s an entertaining and thought provoking film–very easy to watch.


Food Matters: This movie focuses on how food and diet can determine your health. This movie points out the number of deaths that occur each year due to pharmaceutical drugs, even those taken correctly. Food Matters is based on the premise that, above all else, you are what you eat.


The Future of Food: This movie drives home the point that genetically modified crops should be looked at with caution and not embraced as wholly as they have been. You will be disheartened by the ugly side of food politics.


There you have it. Fodder for the conversation, be it with your physician, your online communities, your family or your friends.

We’d love to know what your thoughts are on this topic. Post a comment, and let the discussion begin!

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About the Author
Liza Graves

As CEO of StyleBlueprint, Liza also regularly writes for SB. Most of her writing is now found in the recipe archives as cooking is her stress relief!