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Growing up, Sunday night was always devoted to family movie night. Frequently family movie night would begin with a heated argument between siblings at Blockbuster as to what movie we were going to watch this week. Flash forward 15 years, and these arguments still continue except they occur in front of a Netflix screen instead of a video store.

We have moved into an era where the phrase “binge watching Netflix” is common language. Unfortunately, spending hours in the front of the TV can sometimes leave you feeling like your mind has turned to mush. So the next time your family is arguing over what to watch, or you are having an internal struggle choosing between Family Guy and The Office, why not pick a flick that you will actually learn something from? Even better, applying what you’ll learn could lead to improved health for you and your family.

Here are a few foodie documentaries (all available on Netflix) that are sure to entertain as well as teach you something about the importance healthy eating by taking a look at our current food industry, agriculture, and how everything we put in our mouths impacts our lives.

  1.       Food Inc.

“Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain in the United States, from the farms where our food is grown to the chain restaurants and supermarkets where it’s sold. Narrated by author and activist Eric Schlosser, the film features interviews with average Americans about their dietary habits, commentary from food experts like Michael Pollan and unsettling footage shot inside large-scale animal processing plants.”

1 hr. and 33 min., 3.9/5 stars on Netflix

  1.       Forks Over Knives

“This film examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative disease that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejected animal-based and processed foods. Researchers explore the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes.”

1 hr. and 36 min., 4.2/5 stars on Netflix

  1.       Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

“100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease. Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310 lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.”

1 hr. and 37 min., 4.1/5 stars on Netflix

  1.       Vegucated

Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated follows three meat and cheese loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight loss and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture that makes them wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food Inc. go far enough. This entertaining documentary showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who discover they can change the world one bite at a time.

1 hr. and 16 min, 3.9/5 stars on Netflix

  1.       Hungry for a Change

Hungry for a Change exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industry don’t want you to know about. Deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever.

1 hr. and 29 min., 4.2/5 stars on Netflix

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