Movie Review: ‘Forks Over Knives’

Hi friends,

Have you seen the movie Forks Over Knives? I watched it for free on netflix recently and thought I’d review it for you.

 

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Here is a summary I found on the internet:

Through an examination of the careers of American physician Caldwell Esselstyn and professor of nutritional biochemistry T. Colin Campbell, Forks Over Knives suggests that “most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.” [2] It also provides an overview of the 20-year China-Cornell-Oxford Project that led to Professor Campbell’s findings, outlined in his book, The China Study (2005) in which he suggests that coronary disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer can be linked to the Western diet of processed and animal-based foods (including all dairy products).[2]

With regard to describing the nutritional approach as a “whole foods plant-based” rather than “vegan” one in the film, Director Lee Fulkerson (in an interview with Canada’s National Post) notes that, ” ‘Veganism just means anything that doesn’t have animal-based products in it. But you can still eat highly processed foods that are vegan,’ he says, citing potato chips and french fries as examples. ‘You want to use minimally processed things.

 

So…. here is what I think. I think there is probably some truth that processed foods may be a cause of disease. And there is no doubt that animal products have been linked to diseases like Hand and Foot and Mad Cow Disease. But, I think it is perfectly acceptable to eat animal products like lean poultry and eggs. I eat A LOT of these items to get protein and I have never had a problem. They are excellent sources of protein! I eat about 18 eggs a week! Or more!

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I do tend to stay away from beef or fatty sausages or salamis. These meats should be avoided. And I stay away from low-fat or fat-free dairy. Low-fat and fat-free means “LOTS OF CHEMICALS.” No thank you.

And I try not to eat processed foods. Chemical in my body = bad. I think the amount of chemicals we eat is astonishing and no doubt can cause disease and poor health. Who’s doing #octoberunprocessed ?

So, the documentary did have some great points. I like the idea of “whole foods, plant-based,” but no way I’m giving up my chicken! Or eggs!

 

Question: Have you seen this movie? What did you think?

Prosper and be in good health,

lulu

 

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2 thoughts on “Movie Review: ‘Forks Over Knives’

  1. This movie completely changed the way I eat. I saw it about a year ago and became vegetarian. I’m in my mid-30s and have a family history of diabetes and high blood pressure. Also, as a nurse, all of the clinical research and data in the documentary made sense to me. I lost 10 pounds in the first month, which I wasn’t even expecting. Then after a few months and a doctor visit, it was discovered I had a severe vitamin D deficiency so my doctor recommended I add dairy back in, which I did. He also said “If you can at least eat fish, do so.” So now I’m a happy pescatarian! (I eat eggs for protein also). I think the movie is very well done and was motivational. People just may have to tailor the information to suit their lifestyle and their health, like I did 🙂

    • That’s awesome! It is about having the information and making it work for you and your body! The best thing anyone can do is make choices that make their lifestyle healthier and make them happier!

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