It's the movie at the top of everyone's Netflix playlist right now: What the Health, the new documentary from the creators of the mega-popular Cowspiracy, is sparking emails and fervent dinner table discussions around the country. The film takes on big pharma, the meat and dairy industries, and the U.S. government.
Kimberly Snyder, the best-selling author and celebrity nutritionist featured in the film, explains, "What makes What the Health stand out from other food docs is how it brings to light the collusion between health organizations giving nutrition recommendations around particular diseases (breast cancer, diabetes, and so on), and big food/big pharma companies. The connection between big food business and our government has been out there—but not the health organizations, and that will be eye-opening to many."
Many experts agreed with the film's assertions encouraging consumers to question the money trail behind studies and government recommendations. This was demonstrated recently in the coconut oil controversy that took the internet by storm, which showed that even recommendations from government bodies like the American Heart Association still need to be approached with a hearty dose of skepticism and further research. "I completely agree with the film's assertion that a high animal-protein diet, especially devoid of plant foods, feeds a wide variety of health problems, and I also agree with the pervasive corruption of the mainstream food industry," says Dr. Will Cole, a functional medicine practitioner.