Food Choices (2016)

“It is easier to change a man’s religion than to change his diet.”

Margaret Mead

Run time: 1hr 31mins

Director: Michal Siewierski

Narrator: Michal Siewierski

Language: English

IMDb rating: 7.3/10

One-Sentence Summary

Food Choices looks at why a plant-based diet is considered the best diet for human health and development and why what we eat can have multiple, far reaching consequences.

Brief Synopsis

Although most people have a broad understanding as to what constitutes a healthy diet, there are still elements of confusion, primarily due to misinformation disseminated by various food industries and individuals seeking to profit off the back of new-fangled diets.  Filmmaker Michal Siewierski, who was finally convinced to switch completely to a plant-based diet after watching the film Earthlings, attempts to tease out the truth through interviews with experts, such as Dr. T. Colin Campbell from Forks Over Knives, and fellow filmmaker Joe Cross of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead fame.

Food Choices summarises his findings with a whistle-stop tour of some of the most common questions people have about diet and a brief look at how our health and environment are affected by our consumption habits.

The Trailer

The Vegan Bit

It will come as no surprise that a plant-based diet is considered best for humans and has been since way before food industries made stuff up to sell us more stuff.

Food Choices essentially brings together elements from other documentaries and offers a taster as to how switching to a plant-based diet is beneficial physically, mentally, environmentally and ethically. For anyone contemplating becoming a vegan, Food Choices may go some way to busting myths and addressing some of the concerns one may have over for example, protein intake and the use of supplements. It does point out however, that being vegan does not necessarily mean being healthy. Once can live off cola and chips (or fries, depending on your geographical location) but will probably end up one day championing the cause of animals from a hospital ward.

As the documentary points out, choosing to be vegan, certainly initially, shows a willingness to work hard and stand up to many long-held, often traditional, beliefs and practices. Ironically, being vegan is ‘going against the grain.’

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