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7 Must-See Food Documentaries You Can Watch on Netflix


We know, it may be more fun to rewatch Glow over and over or binge on old episodes of The Office. But these top food documentaries definitely deserve a spot in your Netflix queue (especially if you have wellness geek tendencies like us and tend to nosh on kale chips instead of Doritos).

From surprising facts about sugar in our food supply to lessons on how sustainable food production is linked to both health and environmental issues, they’ve got serious stories to tell.

The best part? They’re all really entertaining, too.

Grab a friend and cuddle up on the couch or watch one of these top food documentaries next time you’ve got a long flight.

The Top Food Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

1. Super Size Me

Morgan Spurlock’s fast food experiment (and subsequent detox) was kind of the food film that started it all. If you still haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth adding to your knowledge base.

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2. What The Health

Okay, how many takedowns of this movie have you read so far? They’re for good reason: It has a lot of flaws and is certainly biased (this article explains the counterpoints well), but if you want to stay informed, it’s good to know what everyone’s talking about. While you’re at it, check out Forks Over Knives, the promo for plant-based eating that came before but for one reason or another didn’t provoke the same amount of backlash.

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3. Food, Inc.

If you’re concerned about the corporate forces shaping the food system (and hey, you kind of should be!), this is the movie that’ll give you a glimpse at what’s going on.

4. In Defense of Food

You know how the Michael Pollan maxim goes, right? “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Turn that into a PBS-style doc, and you’ve got In Defense of Food.

5. Sustainable

Nutritious foods can’t exist without healthy land and soil to produce them. Sustainable shines the light on the production of food and how it relates to the planet.

6. Fed Up

This film deserves a lot of credit for creating “sugar shock” in America. Produced by Laurie David and Katie Couric, it looks at how prevalent added sugar is in packaged foods, and how that contributes to epidemics like childhood obesity and diabetes.

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Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert takes his adorable kids on a journey into the confusing world of GMOs in this doc. While the topic has changed a lot since the film’s debut, it’s still a great behind-the-scenes look at some of the forces that shape public perception of food tech.

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