I have finally watched The Game Changers documentary. I have a lot of issues with the documentary (and some things that are probative, some). In the past, there have been very similar documentaries on nutrition like What the Health, Fed Up and Supersize Me and they have something in common: they are one sided with an extremist mentality.
In elementary school we learn that scientific data should be peer reviewed. A documentary with extreme claims about health and performance should be no different. This is as one sided as it gets. Zero information from the other side outside Hardee’s commercials. Zero information from the other side that isn’t also an extremist meat eating monger. Throughout the documentary they make claims and quickly gloss over these with suggestive data with nothing conclusive. At one point one of the doctors even says “This is not a scientifically validated study but...”
Being one sided goes as far as the funding for the documentary and the motives for making it. The main star, James Wilks, made a rebuttal to a meat-based diet book saying that it had other motives than truth because of the meat industry funding it and that people should always question those projects. He also explicitly said in an interview that the executive producers of The Game Changers would not make a dime but instead did it because they believed in the project.
Chris Paul, executive producer, has invested in Beyond Meat who has used this documentary to clearly take advantage of the switch overs. Not convinced? Go to the Beyond Meat website. James Cameron, another executive producer, had this to say once going plant-based “We started looking at our investments, our business opportunities. At this point, aside from Jim’s film work, they all go through a plant-based lens." It’s a money thing, not a belief thing. Everybody funding the film that I looked up had skin in the vegan/vegetarian game. Literally all of them.
My next thoughts go to some of The Game Changers arguments that I gave hesitation to so I did a little (not really a little, a lot) research but I’ll stick to my favorite: athletes perform better and recover faster.
Here’s the truth on some athletes in the film and some outside but with outspoken vegan diets. I’ll keep the list short because it could go on forever it seems.
This list of ten athletes is not an anomaly. It’s the trend among athletes that follow strict vegan diets. If your goal is health and remotely hints at performance, the chances are vegan is not for you. What I did like about the Game Changers? Eat more plants, eat more things from the ground, but not exclusively.