The premise of the 2011 documentary "Veducated" in which Marisa Miller Wolf documents three New Yorkers as they adopt a Vegan lifestyle for six weeks makes for a fascinating film. The three main characters and Marisa are very likeable. This makes it easier to relate to Tesla, Brian and Ellen as they learn about the food they eating and change their relationship with food. Each of them faces different challenges; Brian is single, Ellen is a single mum and Tesla lives at home in confirmed carnivore household.
It also provides a small glimpse into the American agriculture system and it interesting to see the Urbanites as they are introduced to Vegan food via mostly processed Vegan food. Did you know that chocolate chip “Teddy Grahams” is Vegan? No? Neither did I. Perhaps my main criticism of the film is that it promotes all vegan food as healthy. This includes all processed foods that are vegan friendly. This can be forgiven somewhat given the date of production and perhaps even the location.
If you are looking for educational, funny and sometimes positively emotional film about switching to Veganism then you will like this. If you are already on plant based diet and or looking for information on healthy eating you won't get much new information from this. Nevertheless, it still makes for a fun film to watch.
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If you only watch one film this year, then it should be "That Sugar Film" by Damon Gameau.
It is only in recent times that warnings issued by John Yudkin in 1972 have started to be recognised that sugar (fructose), not fat, is the real "poison" that causes metabolic syndrome (a cluster of conditions - increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol) which has caused the epidemic of heart disease, stroke and diabetes in the West.
Damon's film gives the viewer an entertaining and informative journey as he investigates sugar in the western diet and how it affects health. Also importantly he shows how much sugar is in modern processed foods, and those marketed as so called "healthy".
Following in the tradition of "Super Size Me", Damon becomes a guinea pig for 60 days consuming 40 teaspoons a day with the rule that they are from hidden sugars found in commonly perceived healthy foods and drinks. On the first day of the experiment his healthy breakfast of cereal, yogurt and apple juice totals nearly 20 teaspoons!
Throughout the film we see how that while the number of calories is important, the source of the calories is just as important; evidenced by his increase in weight in the first 12 days. By the end of the film we clearly see how the increase in fructose not only affects his weight but also negatively affects his overall physical and mental health. This is highlighted midway through the film when he compares the high sugar diet to his pre experiment one:
"I'm eating the same amount of calories as I did before, but my liver has turned to fat, my belly is chasing my lady's, it's doing something to my brain, we know that, and I'm not feeling full."
Once you have watched this, you should also check out the excellent website that accompanies the film which contains a host of free resources, check it out here; http://thatsugarfilm.com and on Amazon.
When the extreme becomes the mainstream, it may be time to worry? There are a number of excellent documentaries dealing with GMOs but consumed is the first fictional film to deal with the subject.
Consumed is a drama/thriller from Daryl Wein and staring Zoe Lister-Jones as a single mother who believes her sons mystery illness is caused by G.M.O.s. It touches on many of the problems of GMOs, such as the lack of regulation and testing and the power of large Biotech companies.
While at times it is overly dramatic in its delivery it is well acted and directed. If you're looking for a light introduction to learning about GMOs and some of the potential problems with genetic modification it makes a good entry point. Afterwards we recommend you watch GMO-OMG, the future of Food and King Corn for more information.
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