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6 Movies That Could Change the Way You Think about Food


6 Movies That Could Change the Way You Think about Food

And even though you try to look behind your plate, your habits, your condition or your entire lifestyle, how can you be entirely sure that what you’re doing is right? It’s hard to know what’s right with today’s specialists, headlines and tips often coming in great contradiction.

Food documentaries could be a good place to start understanding better what’s hiding in the food from your plate. Either you’re looking to broaden your knowledge about food, become more food aware, or on the contrary, you’re interested to start your food education, and you couldn’t care less about food, I bet there is a tiny piece of information in every documentary that will be of help at some moment in your life.

Here are 6 documentaries about food that could change the way you envision food and your habits regarding it:

1. Got the Facts on Milk  – The Milk Documentary

The Milk Documentary intends to turn upside down the common myth that milk is good for your health. Ever since you were a kid, you knew that milk is essential for your bones, for calcium, and for proteins. At an early age, milk is a common breakfast, especially for children, who also receive it at school.

Fact is that research has shown that everything you know about milk is wrong and that milk is responsible for diseases like diabetes, arthritis, asthma and even weight gain and acne. According to the movie, the misconceptions about milk are due to the milk industry, who promote dairy because of its “huge health benefits”.

As a person with dairy allergy, creator of the movie Shira Lane discovered the link between several diseases and milk. Research on the effects of dairy on health evolved and on her journey of finding the answers to her questions she traveled a 4600 mile road. During this road she exposes the opinions and arguments of both nutritionists, dietitians, doctors, and also average Americans who believed, like most of you, that milk is good.

Another interesting fact is the controversy that the movie has caused while being promoted at festivals and to audiences. And honestly, it’s perfectly natural to stir up people, because it’s difficult to accept that something you knew all your life is wrong. The film is available on DVD, but watching the trailer is enough to get you convinced.

2. The Truth about Food

The Truth about Food is a six episode documentary covering all the aspects that food has on your body, effects tested and monitored on 500 volunteers.

Divided in six episodes: How to be healthy, How to be sexy, How to feed your kids, How to be slim, How to stay young and beautiful, How to be the best, the movie is highly educational and revealing for viewers of all ages.

If you’re not sure on certain aspects regarding food, its influence on health and beauty, then this documentary could be the thing for you. Surprisingly, you’ll find some busted myths and learn some healthy eating tips, because the movie also gives solutions on what you can do  to improve or completely change your lifestyle.

And it’s not just headlines and talks from specialists. It’s facts, facts proven on normal people just like you.

3. Food, Inc

How much do you know about the food you’re buying? How it’s made, where does it come from, but more important, are you aware about the effects it has on your health?

Food, Inc is a revealing documentary that analyzes the American food industry, showing not only the process of making the food, but also its effects on your body, on the environment and the economy.

The way in which it exposes the industry is not at all beneficial, so it might shock you, if you weren’t interested in food at all, or you might just find some new information, if you were more or less into becoming aware of your food choices. Personally, I believe the truth is somewhere in the middle. Don’t expect for the documentary to bring forward some ground breaking theories, but do expect to be more conscious about what you’re buying after watching the movie.

Its extensive view, the different aspects in which food is analyzed and its educational nature makes the movie worthwhile of beginning your food education with, either you’re a person working on improving your lifestyle or an adult living a unhealthy life but ready to make a change.

4. Food Matters

The fact that you are what you eat is no secret. Exploring the effects and the benefits of the food on the human body, this movie abounds in educational ideas that everyone should at least be aware of.

While uncovering some myths on nutrition and healing, the doctors and specialists from Food Matters reveal alternatives of healing diseases, alternatives that are basically found in your plate.

The popular belief that there is a pill for everything is highly contradicted, the solution proposed instead being a lifestyle change that can reduce diseases.

And even though not all of you believe in taking supplements and eating plants, the movie is worth watching at least for checking the other side of the story and find out some bad eating habits that you’re unconsciously doing on a daily basis.

5. Food Stamped

Sooner or later, some people decide they want to eat and live healthy. Unfortunately not all of those people can afford to buy anything that is thought to be healthy, because as you know, the organic or bio label means more cash. Can you eat well on a tight budget?

That’s the question that Shira, nutrition educator, and her husband Yoav Potash try to answer in the inspirational documentary Food Stamped. The couple reveals their journey on trying to eat healthy on a food stamped budget, journey involving meeting people facing the same problem and sharing the same views.

Struggling with the problem of quitting different ingredients from food because of money but discovering different recipes, they face the situation with humor and realism.

None of you will believe a scientist telling you what or what not to eat, but the sight of normal people trying to dwell and make the best choices concerning food is enough to just make you want to have a look. At least you can find out what dishes you can cook for 1$, right?

6. Processed People

Leading health and nutrition experts analyze what’s wrong with what we eat and and just like in Food Matters, they try to give solutions to the unhealthy lifestyle of the modern American.

Divided into 8 chapters, Processed People goes beneath the propaganda and the lies in the food system, with hard-hitting discussions on why are we so fat, what happens if we don’t de-process ourselves and what is health.

If you’re into interviews with health experts, than the movie could be the thing for you.

How much sugar is in that?



Cranberries are sour, right? So how did these get so much sugar in them?

 40 g Serving
 Sugars, total:		26g
 Calories, total:		140 
 Calories from sugar:	104

Call it yogurt, but these are basically candy-coated raisins.

 Yogurt Covered Raisins
 40g Serving
 Sugars, total:		17g
 Calories, total:		364
 Calories from sugar:	68

That’s why it’s “nature’s candy”.

 42.5g Serving
 Sugars, total:		30g
 Calories, total:		120
 Calories from sugar:	120

So, that works out to almost a gram of sugar per inch. Call them fruit snacks if you want, but that’s as much sugar by percentage as Starburst.

 Fruit Roll-Ups 
 1 piece (14g)
 Sugars, total:		7g
 Calories, total:		50 
 Calories from sugar:	28
 Fruit Gushers 
 25g Serving
 Sugars, total:		13g
 Calories, total:		90 
 Calories from sugar:	52
 Fruit by the Foot 
 21g Serving
 Sugars, total:		10g
 Calories, total:		80 
 Calories from sugar:	40

That’s where the energy in energy bars comes from.

 Power Bar, Chocolate Peanut Butter
 1 bar (65g)
 Sugars, total:		23g
 Calories, total:		240 
 Calories from sugar:	92

 Clif Bar, Banana Nut Bread
 1 bar (68g)
 Sugars, total:		21g
 Calories, total:		250 
 Calories from sugar:	84

Sweet, but not that sugary.

 Caramel Rice Cakes
 1 cake (13g)
 Sugars, total:		3g
 Calories, total:		56 
 Calories from sugar:	12

Cream filled and sugar filled.

 Twinkies Snack Cakes 
 1 Twinkie 
 Sugars, total:		19g
 Calories, total:		145 
 Calories from sugar:	74
 2 Twinkies (1 package)
 Sugars, total:		37g
 Calories, total:		290 
 Calories from sugar:	148

One donut, one sugar cube.

 Donettes, Powdered Sugar 
 6 Donuts (85g)
 Sugars, total:		23g
 Calories, total:		340 
 Calories from sugar:	92

Sweetened yogurt’s not as healthy as you might think.

 Yoplait Yogurt, Strawberry
 6 oz Container
 Sugars, total:		27g
 Calories, total:		170 
 Calories from sugar:	108

Still quite a bit of sugar, plus artificial sweeteners.

 Yoplait Light Yogurt, Strawberry
 6 oz Container
 Sugars, total:		14g
 Calories, total:		100 
 Calories from sugar:	56

Best way to get kids to eat yogurt? Add plenty of sugar.

 1 Tube (64g)
 Sugars, total:		10g
 Calories, total:		70 
 Calories from sugar:	40

Honey roasted? Sugar coated is more like it.

 Honey Roasted Peanuts 
 Single Serving Tube (49g)
 Sugars, total:		7g
 Calories, total:		280 
 Calories from sugar:	28
 Large Bag (168g)
 Sugars, total:		24g
 Calories, total:		960 
 Calories from sugar:	96

This much peanut butter and jelly made a pretty skimpy sandwich. You’d probably use twice as much in real life.

 Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich 
 Peanut Butter
 2 Tbs. (32g)
 Sugars, total:		3g
 Calories, total:		190 
 Calories from sugar:	12
 Grape Jelly
 2 Tbs. (20g)
 Sugars, total:		13g
 Calories, total:		52 
 Calories from sugar:	50
 Complete Sandwich
 Including White Bread
 Sugars, total:		18g
 Calories, total:		330 
 Calories from sugar:	72

What Are Your 4 Pounds Made Of?

by Ryan Andrews, September 9th, 2009.


I don’t know what you had for lunch today, but I had 18 apples.

What do you think of that? You probably think I’m a glutton and have the GI tract of a gorilla.

But check this – a typical fast food value meal has the same amount of calories as 18 apples. 18! So I wanted to see what would happen if I downed the same amount of calories from apples.

Not pretty.

Yet I’ve had buddies knock back 2 value meals while watching Monday Night Football.  And no, I haven’t seen any of them go through a bag of red delicious by the 4th quarter.

What does this tell me?  Well, it tells me that Mother Nature has got your back.

Fast food and apples What Are Your 4 Pounds Made Of?


  • Real food regulates appetite – so you don’t overeat
  • Real food controls blood sugar/insulin – so you can avoid energy swings and diabetes
  • Real food provides the best nutrition – so you can remain healthy for life
  • Real food has a sane amount of energy – so that you can’t accidentally overeat
  • Real food has a longstanding relationship with our body – so that our bodies know what to do with it

Energy density

This leads me to the world of energy density. Are you familiar with it? It’s the amount of energy (calories) per unit of food. Let me explain.

200 melons What Are Your 4 Pounds Made Of? 200 cheese What Are Your 4 Pounds Made Of?
This is 200 calories of melon. This is a lot of melon. This is 200 calories of cheese. This isn’t very much cheese.
200 celery What Are Your 4 Pounds Made Of? 200 chocolate bar What Are Your 4 Pounds Made Of?
This is 200 calories of celery. Good luck eating this. This is 200 calories of a candy bar. Good luck NOT eating this.

Seeing a trend? It’s hard to rack up excess energy (calories) from whole, real, calorie-dilute foods.

Food poundage

Interestingly, research shows that most humans eat around 3-5 pounds of food per day.  Indeed, as we approach 4 pounds of food intake for the day, most of us are feeling pretty satisfied.

Now, this can be 4 pounds of celery.  Or it can be 4 pounds of candy bars.  It’s not the food or calorie content that matters.  It’s the volume/poundage that counts.  And obviously, there are some big nutrient differences between celery and candy bars, right?

Now, let’s take some extreme examples of this…

  • 4 pounds of raw veggies will provide 400 calories
  • 4 pounds of raw fruits will provide 1000 calories
  • 4 pounds of cooked whole grains/legumes provides 1600 calories
  • 4 pounds of nuts/seeds provides about 10,000 calories
  • 4 pounds of Lucky Charms, Pop Tarts, Cheese provides about 10,000 calories

Note: I’m showing calories only as a measurement unit to help illustrate a point. Don’t get wrapped up in the numbers.

People that struggle with body fat management tend to fill up on energy dense, processed foods. This means stored energy for later.

Translation: Fatness.

If we eat 4 pounds of energy-controlled, whole, real food – we get lots of nutrition with a calorie count that our body can handle.

What’s our poundage portion?

Most people in the U.S. are consuming (on average) the following amounts of food each day:

2.0 pounds of meat, dairy and eggs

1.5 pounds fruits and veggies

0.5 pound grains

0.5 pounds added sugars, fats and oils

= 4.5 pounds

= about 3,700 calories per day

What if we switched this around?

2.5 pounds of fruits and veggies

1.0 pounds of grains and legumes

0.3 pounds nuts/seeds

0.3 pounds meat, dairy and eggs

0.1 pounds added sugars, fats and oils

= 4.2 pounds

= about 2,075 calories per day (this isn’t really that much, especially if you’re physically active.)

Putting it to the test

I’m curious: what does a day of my food weigh?

How much my day of food weighs 1024x768 What Are Your 4 Pounds Made Of?

How much my day of food weighs = 3.7 pounds

Foods – Clockwise, starting in upper right

2 lentil burgers, steamed broccoli

Peaches & blueberries

Raw buckwheat granola with hempseeds and flax

Roasted garbanzos & goji berries

Sprouted grain bread with peanut butter

Lettuce & kale

Celery, carrots, zucchini

Note: I was surprised it didn’t weigh more. The actual food weighs less than 3.7 pounds, as the food containers contribute to the total weight. I left out condiments like salad dressing and mustard.

Oh, and this was just a random day of eating. Some days I eat more, some days less.

What have we learned today?

If we prioritize and eat nutritious, real, controlled energy foods – there isn’t much room left for the energy dense, fake foods. You only have about 3-5 pounds to work with each day.

So… think about it…what are your 4 pounds made up of?

What Are Your 4 Pounds Made Of?

Integrative Medicine


SO in November I am going to take an integrative medicinal approach to my health and have a lot of blood work done to determine my deficiencies and most importantly, my diet. In hopes of countering malabsorption and an autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s thyroiditus), I am going to take a strict approach to diet & exercise as well as giving up any booze other than moderate consumption on the weekends… (moderate consumption being no more than one glass of wine per night for women). While I anticipate this being difficult, as well as seasonal eating being an absolute pain during the winter, it will be worth it and I will post the before & after results. 2013 is my year, because there will be no zombie apocalypse at the end of the world in December 2012 ;D


Doctor recommends simpler eating

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By  Kristy Eckert

For The Columbus Dispatch Monday August 11, 2008 6:42 AM


Dr. Glen Aukerman

Dr. Glen Aukerman, medical director of the Ohio State University Center for Integrative Medicine, sees patients from throughout the world who are seeking alternative approaches to health care.

“Someday, this probably won’t be called integrative medicine,” said Laura Kunze, program coordinator. “It will just be called medicine — good medicine.”

Twice each month, the center offers free nutrition classes for the public.

Aukerman recently answered some questions about nutrition.


Q: You say that eating the wrong types of fruits and vegetables ranks among the biggest mistakes that people make. What should they eat?

A: You need to have fruits and vegetables that are grown locally and harvested locally.


Q: You say that consuming too much gluten might cause symptoms such as fatigue, dry skin, abdominal pain and difficulties with concentration, among other things.

A: We eat foods with gluten in high levels (which sometimes cause malabsorption and autoimmune diseases).

Our ancestors were not able to eat at that level, and we can’t. Because our ancestors did not eat high levels of gluten, most of us do not have the enzymes to break it down.

We need to be limiting our wheat, barley, rye and spelt.


Q: One of your biggest nutritional concerns involves omega-6 oil. Recent research shows that humans are getting too much of it. In what is

it found?

A: The most common example is poultry — because those (animals) are fed corn and they accumulate the corn oil.

(It is) also in granola products, tortillas, hummus, chips, all nuts, peanut butter.


Q: Why are artificial sweeteners bad?

A: We can’t burn them, so they have to be detoxed like a chemical by our liver.

Rat experiments show that, if we put rats on artificial sweeteners, they can gain more weight than if they’re eating real sugar.


Q: What should people start eating that they don’t eat — and why?

A: They should be eating lamb, pork or beef; omega-3 eggs; wild salmon; fruits and vegetables in season, frozen or canned; and rice products.

Limit the corn products because of the corn oil. We advocate a diet that’s fairly simple.


Q: What are some of the most intriguing results that your patients have had?

A: We have had (older) couples go on it (a simpler diet). In six months, they’re not getting up to go to the bathroom.

And in another three months, they claim their sexual appetites are what they were at 17.


Q: Walk me through a typical day of eating for you.

A: Rice (cereal) or a non-instant oatmeal; or a cornflake breakfast with either yogurt or milk on it; or some fruit that’s regional, seasonal, canned or frozen.

My lunch will sometimes be a baked potato with some broccoli and real sour cream, and an apple or a peach or a pear or some canned or frozen fruit.

And then my dinner will usually be similar, whether it’s lamb, beef, pork or beans. I may go rice and beans with some fruits and vegetables.


Q: You noted a study showing that people who eat cornflakes or rice cereals for two meals a day are healthier by about 50 percent.

A: Yes, the Spanish School Nutrition study indicates we eat way too complex.

We think variety is more important than it is for



Q: What Web sites do you recommend checking when creating a personalized nutrition plan?

A: efaeducation.nih.gov, http://www.nutritiondata.com and http://www.mypyramid.gov.