The game changes is a documentary on Netflix promoting a vegan diet for better health and performance. In this article I will attempt to break down and compare some of the misconceptions made in the film. Confirmation bias is a term used when people seek out information and studies to back up their claims, we have all been guilty of this at times.
The game changers is jam packed (excuse the pun) with celebrities promoting their choice of diet and pseudoscience to back up said claims which makes it harder for people without a science background to challenge the claims that have been made in the film.
Roman gladiators ate a vegan diet
Gladiators were slaves owned by Roman aristocrats for entertainment purposes. The life expectancy of a gladiator was approximately two years once becoming a slave. It has been said gladiators were fed a diet full of grains and legumes to not only pack on body fat which offered some protection from cuts and wounds in the arena but was also a cheaper source of calories to feed the slave labour.
Okinawa, Japan has the highest rate of centenarians, Approx 740 out of its 1.2 million population.
The traditional diet consists mostly of plant-based carbohydrates with fresh fish and pork consumption on a weekly basis suggesting optimal human health doesn’t have to be restrictive to one side or the other as long as the food is fresh and nutritionally dense.
The Mediterranean diet to compare, is more high fat/low carb consisting of avocados, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, cheeses and fish.