Popular YouTuber Mic the Vegan has made a video debunking Netflix documentary The Magic Pill.
The film promotes a low carb, ketogenic diet. According to Netflix: “Doctors, farmers, chefs and others weigh in on this controversial diet and its potential to eradicate common illnesses.”
Mic the Vegan says the film will have you thinking that high meat keto diets cure everything – but he disagrees with much of the movie’s science.
Mic the Vegan discusses the new Netflix movie
Such is the current interest in keto diets, Mic made the video in response to overwhelming demand. He says: “The documentary espouses a high meat, high animal fat keto diet as the magic pill that heals everything.
“It talks about how all carbs are the devil, and saturated fat is a health food. The drift you’ll probably get from this movie is that a keto diet cures everything from cancer to autism.
“So we’re going to look at some very pertinent information to this diet that the documentary completely left out. We’re going to look at a ton of studies that you will not see in this documentary and take a look at the experts and their claims.”
The film’s trailer
Mic is not the only one taking a swipe at the film, which was created in part by controversial celebrity chef Pete Evans.
Australian Medical Association president Michael Gannon blasted the movie when it came out last year, telling The Daily Telegraph: “The idea that a high-fat diet can change a child’s behaviour in a month is just so patently ridiculous… and yet the reality is the parents of autistic children are so desperate they will reach for anything.
“I enjoy [Evans’] emphasis on protein because there’s no question that lean meat, eggs and fish are superfoods… but exclusion diets never work.”