A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The history of meat and dairy in the U.S., (issues with deforestation, economics, etc.), but from point of view that eating a plant-based diet is best. Information about fat loss, muscle, and nutrition.
Positive Role Models
Lots of experts interviewed throughout, including scientists, economists, nutritionists, sports trainers, and others offering information about the benefits of a plant-based diet. Some briefly mention the limitations of it. The twin participants are open-minded and supportive of each other.
The twins are male and female, and are Black, Filipino, Black South African, and White. Both thinner and larger bodies are represented.
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Violence & Scariness
Some potentially disturbing footage in factory farm settings.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual arousal in women when on a plant-based diet is studied. Images of vaginas are blurred. Pornography is referenced, and on occasion suggestive moaning is heard from behind doors.
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Products & Purchases
Stanford University and TruDiagnostic are featured as part of the study. Impossible Foods and other vegan brands are featured frequently, often in a way that feels promotional.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that You Are What You Eat: A Twin Experiment is a docuseries featuring sets of adult identical twins participating in a scientific nutritional study. The series overtly promotes plant-based diet messages, and discusses the consumption of meat and dairy within nutritional, economic, and environmental contexts. Expect potentially disturbing footage from factory farms. Part of the experiment includes examining female genitalia and arousal, and pornography is referenced, but nothing inappropriate is shown. It also prominently features Stanford University, TruDiagnostic, Impossible Foods, and others.
Is It Any Good?
The decidedly pro-vegan docuseries contextualizes the call for a plant-based diet by using a science experiment, and by showing the negative impact eating meat and dairy has on our bodies and our planet. It discusses how the U.S. population has been conditioned to believe that meat and dairy products are necessary food staples, and how increased consumption of them has led to health epidemics, deforestation, and other environmental calamities. However, it does not spend a lot of time discussing what vegan diets may lack, or other genetic factors that can play a part in our health. It also glosses over the fact that the director of the Twins Nutrition Study (TwiNS) runs a plant-based initiative, and that the study is being funded by a vegan food company. Nonetheless, if you can get past these conflicts of interest, it does offer some interesting information about vegan vs. omnivore diets, and how to think about weight gain, fat, and muscle. Of course, seeing how the test subjects fared is entertaining. You Are What You Eat: A Twin Experiment shouldn't be a source of medical or nutritional advice, but it may get you thinking more about some of the foods you're consuming.
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