5 Documentaries To Watch If You Loved ‘Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones’

What to watch on Netflix, Channel 4 and Max if you’re craving more food, travel and lifestyle content.

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Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones

As it turns out, there is a secret formula for living longer. It all starts with the food we put in our bodies. 

The fascinating discovery of ‘Blue Zones’ made by Dan Buettner has led to a new curiosity of what it means to be healthy. Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Fellow, author and producer who has done extensive research into what causes humans to live longer. If you’ve watched ‘Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones’ and are eager to learn more about our bodies, and their relationships to the food we eat, here are some other documentaries that you might like.

Poisoned: The Dirty Truth About Your Food

This 2023 documentary film explores the hidden pathogens in our everyday food that make 48 million Americans sick every year. In a world where profit is more important than ethics, the documentary asserts that your primary assumption about chicken that you buy in the supermarket should be that it contains bacteria such as salmonella. Although this documentary is focused specifically on the United States, it shares some stark realities about the food industry that make more sobering viewing. 

Where to watch: Poisoned: The Dirty Truth About Your Food is on Netflix. 

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Anthony Bourdain was one of the most influential chefs of our generation. With a passion for travel and culture, he wrote a number of bestselling books and produced food and travel shows such as A Cook’s Tour and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Bourdain’s work explored international cuisines and how they influenced different cultures and traditions around the world. While the focus of Parts Unknown is a little different than the Blue Zones documentary, Bourdain’s love for food and culture leaps off the screen. 

Where to watch: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is on Max. 

Down to Earth with Zac Efron

Zac Efron travels around the world to find new perspectives on age-old problems. Focused on food, water and energy, he speaks with experts in different fields who all have unique ideas on how to live well. There are two seasons of this documentary series, both with eight episodes each. Season one explores a different location every episode including Iceland, London, Lima and Costa Rica. Season two focuses exclusively on Australia, with episodes focused on the Great Barrier Reef, Regenerative Agriculture and Aboriginal Voices. 

Where to watch: Down to Earth with Zac Efron is on Netflix.

How To Live to 100

English journalist and Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow leads this documentary series. In ‘How to Live to 100’, Snow explores the lifestyles of people that live to 100 years of age. Following a similar vein to the Netflix Blue Zones documentary series, Snow visits the Greek island of Ikaria, and speaks with senior citizens in Japan. 

Where to watch: How to Live to 100 is on Channel 4. 

What the Health

From the creators of Cowspiracy, What the Health is a documentary that uncovers the hidden secrets about the pharmaceutical and health industries. In a world where chronic conditions are exponentially on the rise, the health industry is profiting on every illness. Andersen shares information about how to prevent and even reverse chronic disease. It begs the question - if this information has the ability to save lives, then why isn’t it being shared more openly?

Where to watch: What the Health is on Netflix.