12 Health Documentaries You Need to See

Knowledge is power. If you have a Netflix or Amazon Prime membership, you have hundreds of health documentaries literally at your fingertips. Expand your thinking and learn more about how health, diet and lifestyle intertwine with these 11 that are absolutely worth a watch:

Hungry for Change (2012)

This film shines a spotlight on the deceptive marketing and production tactics used by the food industry to keep people addicted to processed foods and, as a result, sick, overweight and unable change their lives.

Fed Up (2014)

Follow journalist Katie Couric as she and her colleagues uncover how the American food industry is responsible for the obesity epidemic, specifically focusing on the prevalence of hidden sugars in practically everything.

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (2010)

Ever wonder what would happen if you only drank fruit and vegetable juices for 60 days? Joe Cross was 100 pounds overweight and sick when he began this challenge. Watch him embark on this juicing experiment in an effort to reclaim his health.

King Corn (2007)

Corn has become ubiquitous in the food industry. In fact, it’s seeping into our DNA. Learn about the role corn specifically plays in our dysfunctional food industry, from farms in the midwest making profits by growing inedible corn to the widespread genetic modification of corn crops. This film is a little bit older, but the information is still highly relevant.

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Forks Over Knives (2011)

The theory behind the Forks Over Knives movement is that most degenerative diseases can be controlled or reversed by eliminating animal products and processed foods from one’s diet. If you’ve been curious about the benefits of a plant-based diet, this film is loaded with great information.

What the Health (2017)

This documentary takes a look at how the food industry and pharmaceutical companies dictate the foods we eat and how they exert control our collective health. This movie specifically focuses on the benefits of a plant-based diet and what corporations have to lose if we stopped eating so many animal products on a national level. The takeaway: plants can sometimes be better than pills.

Cooked (2016)

Cooked is a documentary series produced by Netflix. It follows renown food journalist Michael Pollan as he explores traditional food through the basic elements: fire, water, air, and earth. Pollan tries his hand at baking traditional sourdough breads, fire-cooking and traditional brewing. It makes you truly appreciate how important traditionally cooked food is for both our health and culture.

Rotten (2018)

As local farms struggle, Big Agra has made it clear that quality is second to profit margins. Rotten looks into the corruption inherent in all aspects of the modern global food industry. Worth a watch, but be warned: it’ll put a bad taste in your mouth.

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Sugar Coated (2015)

Children are suffering from fatty liver disease. Heart disease, obesity and diabetes rates are skyrocketing. This film looks into the history of sugar use in the food industry as a way of understanding how we became so misinformed and sugar-addicted. It also clarifies why sugar is known as “the new Big Tobacco”.

Music On the Brain (2016)

Did you realize that listening to music can be healthy for your brain? It actually can be a powerful agent in treating neurological disorders. This documentary investigates the neuroscience behind music and the brain through the experiences of elderly dementia patients undergoing music therapy. Music is a portal into memory, and that is absolutely fascinating.

Food, Inc. (2008)

This Oscar-nominated documentary takes a deep look into the American food industry and how it has harmed human health and the health of the environment. It asks whether giant corporations should be in charge of all aspects of food production, from mega-farms to supermarket chains. Are they trustworthy? Do they all have our best interests at heart? The answer seems to be no.

In Defense of Food (2015)

Michael Pollan strikes again. Based on the content found in his 2009 book of the same name, this documentary is an extensive look into how industrialization has ruined the food industry—and our health.

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Paulo R5 days ago


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Chrissie R5 days ago

Thank you for posting.

Elaine W
Elaine W5 days ago

12 of them...should keep me out of trouble for awhile ;)

Muff-Anne York-Haley

I’ve only seen Food Inc and that convinced me not to eat meat.

Cathy B
Cathy B6 days ago

Helpful. Thank you.

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Jaime J
Jaime J6 days ago

Thank you!!

Yan Yan
Yan Yan7 days ago

Before you watch the documentary "What The Health," I invite you to read this article/review from Dr. Mercola regarding that documentary down below.