I think I need to take a break from the Netflix food documentaries.
Seriously, by the time I’m done watching all of them, I’ll be huddled in a corner with a surgical mask screaming in the dark because I don’t want to risk seeing yet another thing that’s going to give me or my family some sort of disease.
I’m not blaming the documentaries, really. It’s not like they’re titled “Unicorn Farts” and then I’m shocked by the sight of slaughter houses. However, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I do crave a little more balance in their presentation.
For example, in “Food, Inc.”, it’s mentioned that in diets where only 5% of diet protein was obtained from eating meat, there were no higher rates of cancer observed vs. the compared 20%. Wow! Very interesting. But then the rest of the documentary gradually builds towards promoting a vegan diet, not really mentioning that you can still eat at the 5% rate and not raise your risk for cancer.
Instead, they turn their focus to heart disease and how (mostly American) diets are full of processed foods and way too meat-centric, which then correlates to other problems. They use lots of examples of cultures that are plant-heavy and thus don’t suffer from our major diseases (heart disease, diabetes, obesity, etc.), but meat was still consumed from what I could tell in the video, but at a much lower level. Hardly any culture presented was vegetarian, much less vegan.
Come to think of it, I don’t recall they actually ever call it “vegan” in the film. They say “plant-based diet”, as though that term implies “eat as many veggies as you can” instead of “don’t eat any animal products at all”. Yes, there is a difference.
Why does it have to be all or nothing? Eh. Leave my cheese alone. And my salmon. And my prosciutto!
I don’t have a problem with healthy vegetarian diets. In fact, the book I’m cooking out of right now is actually a vegetarian French cook book, market-food focused and so forth. However, I also just can’t get behind the idea of dismissing all animal products because at excessive levels they are bad.
I’m pretty sure it’s just my love of cheese talking.
And that’s my share! Talk to you soon.