Is eating bacon as bad as smoking? Does drinking milk cause cancer?
“What the Health,” a new documentary on Netflix, aims to show the link between diet and disease, exposing the food and pharmaceutical industries and the money behind what we eat. Billed as a follow-up to the 2014 documentary "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret," the new feature basically has one message: Be vegan if you aren’t already.
The documentary largely uses scare tactics to promote veganism through misleading statistics supposedly proving all fish is full of mercury; eggs are like cigarettes; as much as 95 percent of all cancers are caused by diet.
As a Vox article debunking these exaggerated claims pointed out, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has cited physical activity levels, smoking, alcohol and sun exposure as important influences on health and disease, while diet is just one factor.
This week on “Pat & Stu,” Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere watched the trailer and wondered why people are over-complicating food.
“I’m going to give you a shocking revelation about food: All of it in moderation,” Pat said.
Too much of any type of food can be bad for you – even foods that are acceptable in a vegan diet.
“You could probably eat enough broccoli that it would kill you,” Pat said.