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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Alive Books; Rev., Updated and Expanded Ed edition (1 Dec. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0920470386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920470381
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some fats and oils are required for the proper functioning of the body. Udo Erasmus argues that proper use of fats can even reverse cancer, diabetes, PMS, asthma, addictions, and more. This book takes an in-depth look at the oil industry and the politics of health.

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112 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Svein Olav Nyberg on 29 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
When I first saw this book, I thought food was essentially carbohydrates, protein and fats, plus of course minerals and vitamins. My "knowledge" of fats was "avoid them!" plus "eat cod liver oil for omega-3". So why anyone would bother with a whole book on the subject was beyond me.
Yet, one idle day I opened the book in the bookstore, and behold - by the time it had left my hands I had somehow gone through the cash registry, paid for it, gone home, and had put it on the bedside table.
This book explains deep dietary issues in a straightforward manner. After reading it, you feel you KNOW how different factors in the diet work. You will not only know what to eat and what to avoid, but also why you are doing so, and which replacements you can use if some items are temporarily or permanently unavailable. Most of all - you will know how to eat healthy, to minimize risks of cancer, heart disease and other diseases down to dry skin. Read it!
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208 of 211 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 2001
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Udo Erasmus spent 6 years researching the nutritional and industry literature to properly understand the effects of oils and fats on human health. Udo's book presents these findings in clear English, so allowing all of us to understand what the scientists and nutritionalists have been discovring but but not telling anyone!
Udo writes that oil and fats have a profound effect on health, with highly processed oils, such as those commonly found on the Supermarket shelf, being highly detrimental - leading to long term degenerative diseases. Udo also explains that two oils are essential (i.e. humans cannot manufacture them they have to be taken in as part of a healthy diet), these being Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils. When the body has enough of these (an essential oil mix of a least a tablespoon a day or equivilent in crushed seeds or oily fish)there are a whole number of good things which allow the body to function properly and healthily.
Udo presents a well rounded picture by including the role of vitamins and minerals in helping essential oils to do their good work. If you know someone who suffers a degenerative disease and wants to get back to full health, this book provides useful guidance on appropriate and drug free diets and (vitamin / mineral)suppliments.
Udo is perhaps at his most entertaining when he damns the Medical profession for being being uneducated in the realms of health (they are educated in the realms of disease), and their propensity to dish out drugs which deal with symptoms instead of using nutrition to deal with the cause.
The edible oil industry gets a scathing review, as they seem intent on pumping out millions of gallons of nutritionally questionable fats and oils, knowing that their manufacturing processes damage the product.
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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 July 2000
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I work halftime as a teacher in chemistry. In the other halftime I am a researcher and I am trying to understand in what way experiments contribute to student's learning. I am also extremely interested in finding the areas within chemistry that makes students really interested. I have found that for example cosmeics and food chemistry are such areas. This book is a goldmine. I attended a course in applied lipids in may and now I have found all the facts about omega3 and omega6, about gammalinolenic acid and which oils are good to eat. I changed my own diet and make an oil mixture that does all the difference - it gave me a lot of energy. My husband suffers from diabetes and heart trouble and this book gives us a lot of help with his diet. Thank you so much Udo Erasmus, you did an excellent work doing all the research and the book is so well written!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Iona Main Stewart TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 May 2010
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Unfortunately, I had to read this voluminous book in translation, which somewhat slowed down the process of reading it. It could be said to be almost the definitve work on fats and oils - the only thing is the book's a bit old (from 1993), so it presumably won't contain the newest information in this field.

It is not only a comprehensive work but an extremely ambitious one, in that Erasmus doesn't restrict himself to discussing fats and oils but includes healthy eating as a whole. I found it to contain valuable information. The author is a wise and knowledgeable man.

He goes into absolute detail about the structure of the various oils, and these sections don't make for easy reading for those like myself who are scientifically illiterate.

Some basic details I retrieved from the book are as follows:

1) The essential fatty acids are lineolic acid (LA - omega 6 - and alpha linolenic acid (LNA) - omega 3.

2) Flax oil is the one containing most LNA (omega 3), and supplements of this oil can thus quickly resolve a lack of omega 3, but if one solely consumes flax oil then in the long run symptoms of lack of omega 6 will occur, since flax oil contains 4 times as much omega 3 than omega 6. The ideal ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 is 1:3, and hemp oil has this ratio between the two omega types. However, hemp oil is quite expensive.

3) It is of the utmost importance that we use only the very best oils that have been pressed and packed in darkness in an oxygen-free environment. They should be packed in dark containers and marked with sell-by date.

4) He points out the dangers of reducing one's cholesterol level too much (suicide, cancer), and in fact devotes a whole chapter to questioning the accepted cholesterol theory.
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