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Forks over Knives

Created by cmiles on 3/20/2012. Updated by Wordpresss Import on 4/18/2022.

Forks over Knives (official website), directed by Lee Fulkerson, is a rather long documentary with the singular message that plant based diets are better than meat based diets (it may be slightly more subtle than that, but I think that is a pretty fair summary).

I watched the film days after seeing Tabloid and could not help but think about the contrasts between the two. In Tabloid Errol Morris largely leaves it to the audience to interpret the information. In Forks over Knives the conclusions are drawn for you and reinforced with seemingly endless information from people who are completely convinced they are right (a huge tangent but, especially if you are a runner, this post is (for me) related).

The important problem with Forks and Knives is that it lacks a credible attempt to present another interpretation of the data - ultimately I think that watching the film needs to be accompanied by reading (or at least skimming) “Forks Over Knives”: Is the Science Legit? (A Review and Critique) to get a counterpoint.

Rating: 2 of 5 (maybe just read “Forks Over Knives”: Is the Science Legit? (A Review and Critique) instead) First Watch Date: December 2011


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