Yesterday, the world lost legendary movie critic Roger Ebert to cancer. Just a few days ago he announced cancer had returned to his body, and sadly he lost the battle at 70 years old.
As we mourn the loss of such a well-respected man, we also remember his long list of movie reviews that truly made a mark in Hollywood. One in particular that stands out for us here at Ecorazzi is his critique of the 2011 documentary “Forks Over Knives.”
The film documents one man’s six-month journey of living off of only plant-based foods. It’s basically the opposite of “Supersize Me.” The film also follows three sick individuals and their vegetarian journey. In the end, the lives of these four have improved drastically.
As Ebert wrote, “Here is a film that could save your life.”
Ebert’s review touches the heart of the film and here’s what he came away with. “What every human being should do is eat a vegetarian diet based on whole foods. Period. That’s it. Animal protein is bad for you. Dairy is bad for you. Forget the ads: Milk and eggs are bad for you. Skim milk is no better, because it contains proportionately more animal protein.”
He even admits he should have eaten better his entire life, and maybe a plant-based diet would have improved his health. Ebert once tried a veg diet, but it didn’t last long.
“Over the years I tried vegan and low-protein vegetarian diets, benefitted from and enjoyed them. I found by experience that all one needed was a rice cooker, a knife, a chopping block, whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. I got all the protein and calcium I needed. I enjoyed it. But I was tempted. I strayed into the elysian fields of pizza, steaks, hamburgers and soft drinks. I once was blind and now I see.”
At the end of his review Ebert wrote, “The bottom line: I am convinced this message is true.”
He goes on to say,”P. S.: I have recently decided to ditch my canned nutrition and switch to a liquid diet based on fresh fruits and vegetables. Yes, I consulted my physician.”
Ebert often championed documentaries and other interesting films that discussed topics that weren’t getting as much media attention as they deserved. This was just one of many. But most of all we’d like to say, Roger, you will be missed.
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