Are you looking to snuggle up and binge watch something educational about health and fitness? Sure, I’ll admit that when I say it like that it doesn’t sound so awesome. Maybe keto documentaries don’t sound great but these are all very entertaining.
We don’t watch a lot of television but we manage to catch most of the best health documentaries when they come out. Below are some of our favorites that either discuss the keto diet or are related. Each of them are guaranteed to make you think and might just change how you look at food and nutrition.
Keto Documentaries on Amazon Prime Video
If you have an Amazon Prime account there are a lot of very good documentaries on the keto diet that you can watch for free. Below are some of the better ones that come highly recommended. Note: All links to Amazon are affiliate links so if you purchase anything we will get a commission.
Health expert Vinnie Tortorich exposes the history behind myths and lies regarding healthy eating, fat and weight loss.https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fat_a_documentary
So what exactly is this documentary all about? In short, it’s a journey of discovery, to find out the reasons behind the enormous spike in various forms of diabetes, over the last three decades, and what can be done about it. Oh…I get it another movie about how we eat too much and we’re all going to die. Not really. Well, yes…as a culture we do certainly eat too much. But more importantly it’s what we’ve been eating that may be the biggest problem. Refined and processed foods, especially processed carbohydrates have become a staple of our culture, and we are reaping the consequences.https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/carb_loaded_a_culture_dying_to_eat
For the past 30 years, everything we thought we knew about food and exercise is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever.https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fed_up_2014
Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat–and how we farm.https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10008698_king_corn
THAT SUGAR FILM is one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves. THAT SUGAR FILM will forever change the way you think about ‘healthy’ food. (C) Samuel Goldwyn Filmshttps://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/that_sugar_film
This documentary investigates whether a change to fat-focused diet would potentially eradicate most of the modern diseases humans face. Experts weigh in on this potential life-saving dietary change and the benefits for humans, animals, and the Earth.https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_magic_pill
The documentary that bypasses common contradictory dietary bias and the recycling of confusion, by filming interviews and explorations with many of the world’s top scientists and researchers in the fields of archaeological science, paleo and forensic anthropology, nutrition and metabolism, biomolecular archaeology, and the emerging field of human dietary evolution.https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/in_search_of_the_perfect_human_diet
Keto Documentaries On YouTube
A look at the U.S. sugar industry’s four decades of deflecting criticism of its business practices and denying links to skyrocketing obesity rates in the 21st century.https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sugar_coated
The Skinny On Obesity Series
- The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 1): An Epidemic for Every Body
- The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 2): Sickeningly Sweet
- The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 3): Hunger and Hormones- A Vicious Cycle
- The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 4): Sugar – A Sweet Addiction
- The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 5): Generation XL
- The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 6): A Fast-Paced, Fast Food Life
- The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 7): Drugs, Cigarettes, Alcohol…and Sugar?
Sugar: The Bitter Truth
Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.
Why You Got Fat
For decades we’ve been told gaining and losing weight is all about the calories. Just one little problem: the research says otherwise. Diabetics undergo dramatic weight changes when they adjust their insulin levels — and so do you. Your diet determines how much insulin your body will produce over time. From the documentary “Fat Head.”
Keto documentaries on the Internet
Feature length documentary about one man’s attempt to hack his genes and drop dead healthy by turning the food pyramid on its head. Donal ditches wheat and sugar in a food plan consisting of 70% fat–under the guidance of legendary South African Sports Scientist Prof. Tim Noakes.https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cereal_killers_movie
Honorable Mention: A User’s Guide to Cheating Death on Netflix
This is an excellent series and it won’t be on Netflix very much longer. Watch it while you can. Timothy Caulfield cuts through a lot of the nonsense surrounding health and wellness and makes it very entertaining. We binge watched it when it was first out and will do it again.
Update: This has been removed which really sucks. I’ll update this if I ever see it available anywhere.
A Quick Word On Documentaries
Now that I have gotten you hooked on keto documentaries I should leave you with a word of warning. Documentaries are all written and produced in a way to make their point of view as compelling as possible. They are very good at it too. Take the claims presented with a grain of salt and always look for more information.
I don’t feel like any of the documentaries above are dishonest or unfair in the information they presented. Still, that advice applies to everything and it would be unfair to neglect mentioning it just because I am sympathetic to these keto documentaries.
I appreciate that you took the time to check out our little blog. Please let us know in the comments below if you enjoyed our suggested keto documentaries. If you are still looking for information on the keto diet we have a really good introduction to keto post that might help as well as a quick read on foods to avoid on keto.
If reading is more your speed, I put together a wish-list way back in 2018 that I’ve tried to keep updated. Which titles would you add?
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- 5/7/2020 – Added YouTube and Tedx Talks
- 3/23/2020 – Added Netflix and a few more Amazon Documentaries
- 2/2/2020 – Added Fat: A Documentary to the list.