What The Health?
As everyone may have seen; Netflix released a film by the name of “What The Health”. I was unsure of what to expect but the reviews so far have been intriguing that I had to give it a watch myself. When I first got an overall synopsis, I thought it would be a typical petition to convert the world into vegans. The presenter, Kip Andersen, having produced a previous film called, “Cowspiracy” made me a bit more anxious about watching it! This post has got spoiler alert all over it so if you haven’t yet watched the documentary, please be warned that I go into depth about the points raised.
Road To Discovery
During documentary we follow the presenter on his path to discovering if diet change can help or completely heal genetic diseases. The documentary aims to establish the link between diet and health, with tips on how to improve our diets. All the statements that follow are directly from the documentary.
The Whiter The Meat, The Better?
In short, the answer is ‘no’. Chicken was pumped with salt water; increasing levels of salt in American diets daily. The NHS (UK National Health Service) only 6g of salt per day. However, that average elevates with the inclusion of chicken. If salt is secretly added to our foods without us knowing, what can we do? Cut out chicken, the experts echoed!
In addition to this, the experts also stated that fish has high levels of mercury and cholesterol. Fed on pesticides, fish flesh carries alot of them. They are fed with antibitotics to counteract the effect of the pesticides. Furthermore, eggs have no nutritional benefit, as they increase cholesterol levels. The yolk in particular carries the most fat in an egg.
Dairy is also a key topic on the documentary. The experts stated that dairy products were not healthy for consumption by humans. People of colour, more prone to being lactose intolerant, are encouraged to consume milk and cheese.
Public Enemy #1
Kip Andersen dug further. He questioned the reason as to why health organisations were encouraging incorrect health claims. In his findings, he found that most if not all of the organisations were sponsored by meat producing companies. All of which are founded by the Federal Government. Why would the government want people to be ill? To fuel the Pharmaceutical industry, Kip uttered. He believes that the government have an agenda, in promoting obvious health hazards as opposed to caring about individuals. He backed this up with the passing of the ‘Cheeseburger Law’ where consumers are unable to sue companies for diseases or health conditions they get from eating hazardous foods. It is suggested that the consumers are assumed to know better than to eat food that is not beneficial to them.
The doctors that appeared in the documentary went on to say that due to its acidity, meat is not easily digestable by our bodies. They reiterated the fact that a lot of the population are not getting adequate amounts of fibre in their diets; but are focused on bingeing on protein. Read my take on protein and why its importance here—> Protein is Important?
Looking into individual case studies, the testimonials from former meat eaters were all similar – a plant based diet changed their life.
What The Health? Thoughts
I did find the documentary interesting but I am not totally convinced. There are some valid points made but you can never really know the full truth. I currently live in the UK, so it does not seem too relatable. However, it may or may not be the case. I have had my blood checked concerning any diseases I could get based on my current sample with Wer Labs. By doing this, I have taken my own health into my hands and made sure I know all the information necessary for my blood and body type.
I myself have tried the vegan diet which can be read here. —> Vegan Challenge Review It was a challenge, but I did feel the difference, however I do not think I would completely cut meat out. I believe in having a balance in all things and moderation is key. In regard to dairy, I personally analysed its effects on my body and cut it out on that basis. It is all about educating yourself and knowing your body. I for personal reasons have opted to eat less meat of my own accord. I set myself the goal to have two meatless days per week, to spice up my variety of meals.
It is so easy to digest information thrown at us, but essentially, you live with one body. You look after it the best way you can. To anyone contemplating watching the documentary, I do suggest watching ‘What The Health’ with a pinch of salt and an open mind.
Below is the trailer for the What The Health, which you can watch in full on Netflix. http://netflix.com
If you have already watched What The Health, comment below and let me know your thoughts!