By Indigo Stafford
Welcome to my podcast, ‘Netflix Vs Nutrition’ This podcast would be part of a monthly online series entitled, Too Much Information. Too Much Information delves into the world of online information focusing on platforms such as Facebook or YouTube which provide us with content, news and information, but in an unregulated way.
I chose the subject of ‘Netflix Vs Nutrition’ after feeling personally influenced by the nutrition shows I was watching on Netflix. I found myself watching many pro vegan documentaries and before I knew it I was riddled with guilt at every meal.
One of the documentary’s that particularly inspired this podcast, was the pro vegan show What The Health. What made the documentary stand out to me was how extreme it was. It featured some very interseting claims about food even labelling meat, ‘carcinogenic’
Another claim that What the health made was that sugar isn’t bad for you and that it is simply empty calories. I watched this documentary at a time when my father in law had just been diagnosed with sugar aggravated diabetes and told by a doctor that he was to be on a zero sugar diet. Suddenly I wondered how a corporation as big at Netflix was allowed to give dietary advice that quite frankly if taken by a vulnerable person could be fatal.
What confused me further was that other Netflix documentary’s completely contradicted this nutritional information, with that documentary Fed Up stating that, ‘Sugar is poison’ I felt confused and started researching who was regulating Netflix’s documentary content. And that’s when I discovered that because Netflix is set out like an online platform such as YouTube, even though they are hosting a mixture of bought and homemade nutritional documentaries, they can’t be touched by regulatory bodies such as the FCC or Ofcom.
So that’s the inspiration behind this podcast. Perhaps it could be considered a risky topic as it doesn’t seem to be one that many people are discussing. It seems that the media only address the popularity of Netflix food shows and never the journalistic and morale ethics and how this effects our society. However perhaps it is time that someone sparks the debate.