It is rare when you can find someone that will stand up in the face of all the so-called experts and call them out for what they are actually sell. One such man is Tom Naughton.
You HAVE been fed a load of bologna, and he has set out to change that.
I recently came into possession of an advance copy of his documentary, “Fat Head: You’ve been fed a load of bologna!” It was an entertaining, educative 104 minutes. I even watched the bonus interviews that weighed in at another 30+ minutes. That is rare for me.
So, what is this documentary all about? The documentary strips away all the hype about the current trend of low-fat, high grain diets. The premise is simple: we have been led to believe that what we have eaten for millenia as a human race is wrong, and contributes to the “rising pandemic” of obesity. The past statement is a load of bologna, and the next hour and a half will show you why.
The documentary starts off by picking apart another famous documentary, “Super Size Me” by showing the obvious holes in the Spurlockian theory. To prove his point, Tom actually followed a fast food diet, AND followed the rules. The results are startling to watch.
The rest of the film goes into how we have been duped over the last 30-40 years over the issue of saturated fats vs vegetable fats. Several scientist share their discoveries on just how the current nutritional trend is actually causing our high rates of heart attacks and type II diabetes.
How does this film compare to that Other Film about the “Golden Arches?” One thing I can say about the Spurlockian effort that turned me off was the dramatics. This film has none of that. Take this example:
Spulock ate a Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese and threw up. I remember thinking, “What a wuss. I would go back for a second!” Tom munches away on the CSPI’s nightmare on a bun, and is strangely okay! Things that make you go hmmm… or MMmmm!
What this documentary does is deliver the message in a lighthearted comedic way. Make no mistake though; the message is clearly stated and backed up.
All in all, not only is this film educational, it is also enjoyable to watch. As a chef, I wholeheartedly recommend this title. Perhaps it will change your perceptions about what you eat, what is good for you, and give you back what you need. Fat=Flavor!