Top Documentaries to Watch

I became vegan for the animals, but when I started doing more research on veganism I was surprised by the number of documentaries and films which demonstrate just how a plant-based diet can not only be beneficial for our health, but our environment and the wellbeing of our fellow humans as well.

Take a look at my favourite documentaries below. Many are free to watch if you have Netflix, or you can download and watch for a fee. Some are free to watch on YouTube.

1. Forks over Knives

This was one of the first documentaries I watched as I was transitioning to veganism, and I remember being astounded by the amount of research supporting the health benefits of a plant based diet. This film explores the science behind reversing the risk and effects of many diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, and high blood pressure.

Not long after becoming vegan, my father died as a result of complications from a heart attack. He was just 60 years old. As a biologist, I am well aware that some genetic factors may also play a part, but I am happier in the knowledge that I am giving my own heart the best chance possible.

Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.

Available to watch on NETFLIX, or can be downloaded to rent for less than £5.00 ($5.99) from the Forks over Knives website: or purchased on DVD from Amazon

Watch the trailer below:

2. Cowspiracy

By the age of fifteen I was putting up posters about global warming and the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, in favour of the usual posters of pop bands and celebrities that you find in most teenager’s bedrooms. Throughout my life I’ve tried to be conscious of ways to help the environment – or so I thought until I watched Cowspiracy. This documentary truly blew my mind, and the world, as I knew it, was turned upside down.

…following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today, and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Available to watch on NETFLIX, or can be downloaded for less than £5.00 ($5.95) from the Cowspiracy website:

Watch the trailer below:

3. What the Health

I couldn’t wait until this documentary was released in 2017. Like Forks over Knives, this film explores the health implications of diets linked to animal products. Why don’t more people know this information? Well watch the documentary to find out – the truth is truly shocking.

What the Health exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.

Available to watch on NETFLIX, or can be streamed online for just over £10 from the What the Health website:

Watch the trailer below:

4. Land of Hope and Glory

A nation of animal lovers, most people would consider the UK to have some of the highest standards of animal welfare. Released in August 2017, this film allows you to see through the walls of animal agricultural industries in the UK. For me it is important to know the truth – and here it is, captured on camera.

The hidden truth behind UK animal farming – featuring approximately 100 facilities across the UK and never before seen undercover footage.

FREE to watch on YouTube:

5. Vegan 2017 – The Film

Featuring coverage and news reports over the past year, this film explores the changing perceptions of our society towards a plant-based diet – and why those backing the animal agricultural industries are fighting back.

“Moving to a plant-based diet is really just a solution to many of the most pressing problems we face today.” Cody Carlson, Former Undercover Investigator.

FREE to watch on YouTube:

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    April 26, 2018 at 6:00 am

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      April 28, 2018 at 10:24 am

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    April 26, 2018 at 6:00 am

    Thanks, I have just been searching for information about this topic for ages and yours is the greatest I’ve discovered so far. But, what in regards to the bottom line? Are you positive about the source?

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      April 28, 2018 at 10:23 am

      Hey Lomoio, thanks for your comment – I’m glad you enjoyed the post 🙂
      As for sources, if you visit the Cowspiracy website, you can find a whole list of the referenced sources used to make the documentary:
      The same goes for the film ‘What the Health’:
      As for ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, I think the footage speaks for itself.
      There are also so many people who share their own personal stories about how a plant based diet has benefitted their health – just visit the ‘Forks over Knives’ Facebook page to look at some examples.

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