Everyone has been talking about this new Netflix documentary called “What The Health“. I finally took the time to watch it this past weekend and I have so many thoughts I figured I’d just do an entire blog post going over what I agreed and disagreed with in the film.
Before I get started let’s just make things clear- I do not subscribe to any specific diet. I’m not vegan, vegetarian, paleo, whole 30, keto…or whatever other diet there is out there. I do my best to eat REAL, whole foods and in doing so I eat a ton of veggies, healthy fats, meats and guess what sometimes eat 5 slices of pizza and a bowl of real ice cream when I’m feeling really crazy!
That being said, I don’t think there is anything wrong with eating a plant based/vegan diet. It’s not my thing but heck it’s 98459984 times better than the standard american diet that’s filled with sugar, processed foods, booze…etc.
Getting back to the documentary…
I did a little research on “What The Health” before watching it since a lot of these types of films are simply propaganda for a cause. And welppp…”What The Health” is absolutely a biased film about the benefits of a vegan diet.
Just some food for thought:
- The executive produce is Joaquin Phoenix who is VEGAN and campaigns for PETA and In Defense of Animals (hmmmm a little biased?)
- “What The Health” is endorsed by PETA
- The directors Kip Anderson and Keegan Kun are both VEGAN and previously produced documentary “Cowspiracy”
Shall we discuss?
What I Disagree With:
- I was infuriated when these VEGAN medical “experts” basically said that sugar had no effect on peoples risk of getting diabetes or heart disease and said that fat and meat based diet did WHAT? Oh but they go further one of the doctors says “the focus on sugar has taken the focus off meat, dairy, eggs, pork, turkey, chicken…” Are these people insane? Sugar is terrible for you and the right types of fats can be so beneficial to the human body.
- They claim from an un-cited study that “eating 1 egg per day was equivalent to smoking 5 cigarettes”. Are you kidding me? Well shit then I guess I’ll continue smoking 15 cigarettes a day and take my chances since I personally think eggs are a great addition to a healthy diet.
- Near the end the question is posed if you need to eat meat to get complete protein. The answer is NO but the documentary does a really good job brushing over the facts that if you do eat a vegan diet you do miss out on some nutrients (B12 for example) which must be supplemented. So I do disagree that restricting major food groups and eating a vegan diet is the best way for humans to eat. It’s a great base…lots of fresh fruits, veggies, grains…etc and surly better than the standard american diet of fast food and candy but a little meat will not kill you.
What I Agree With:
- I do believe that people should limit their intake of processed meats. Honestly, this is mostly because most of those cheap nasty meats aren’t event meat and are more like rubbery, chemical filled crap. BUT I do think high quality meats are fine.
- I 100% agree that these is an obesity epidemic in America. Statistics show that 3/4 of the adult population is overnight or obese and many of these people suffer from diseases like diabetes, heart disease, dementia and cancer which are all lifestyle related and preventable (for the most part).
- I do think that the government/pharmaceutical industry/hospitals are more in the business of TREATING sick people with a cocktail of drugs than PREVENTING people from getting sick in the first place. That’s why it’s so important to do your own research and hey if this documentary inspires you to change your unhealthy eating habits and go vegan by all means do it.
- I do believe that people should limit their intake of dairy products. Personally, I haven’t had real cow’s milk in probably over 10 years and have recently really cut back on yogurt and cheese just because it makes me bloated and inflamed. After watching the segment in “What The Health” about all the hormones and antibiotics in dairy I think I’ll go ahead and keep it limited to special occasions. Oh and I also agree with their point that milk doesn’t necessarily build strong bones…there are plenty of other food sources that provide those necessary vitamins and minerals.
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I think as a whole this documentary is mostly just vegan propaganda trying to get people to save the planet, save the animals and join their way of thinking/eating.
There are some good facts but A LOT of facts not backed up by research and a lot of studies that are presented have been cherry picked and manipulated to be more pro-vegan.
I really just do not think there is some magic “one size fits all diet” for everyone and I think people need to do their own research, go to their doctors, get blood work done and not just jump onto the vegan bandwagon from 1 stupid documentary.
What you watched “What The Health” yet?
What are your thoughts about “What The Health”?
Are you a vegan?