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Prescription: Nutrition

By Davis Ryan Cook, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Food health docuseries serves up bland, unoriginal message.

TV Max Educational 2017
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The miniseries argues that although people should choose what they want to eat, it's still important to share scientific information relating to a healthier plant-based diet. The messages that Prescription: Nutrition shares aren't very substantive, because the data and studies that the talking heads wave around largely without citation leave the miniseries entrenched in a swamp of anecdotal truisms about food and diet. As such, the show's message can only be a general one: that it's probably healthier to eat plant-based foods instead of highly processed ones. But this should be obvious to pretty much everybody already, especially the people who have enough interest in food health to watch an hour-long miniseries about it. If you set aside that intended audience, the show can't speak to those who aren't fortunate enough to afford or think about the ultra-expensive produce and gourmet vegetable meals that the show touts constantly. So what purpose does the show really serve? Besides a mindless and unoriginal "Eat your fruits and veggies, kids" message that might keep kids halfway occupied on a forgettable rainy afternoon, nothing.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: August 3, 2017
  • Network: Max
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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