Fats that Heal Fats that Kill Paperback – Jan 1 1993
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This book is a good place to start in learning more about fats and oils.
The author explains:
- An oil is not just healthy or unhealthy, how old it is and how it has been processed and how it is packaged matters. Oils should not be exposed to lots of heat and light in processing and should be sold in dark glass bottles (brown bottles are better than green, and oils sold in clear bottles should be avoided.)
- How to choose the best oils and fats at your local supermarket. This book is not a sales pitch for the author's excellent 'Udo's oil' product and in fact the author also recommends getting lots of your daily fat intake from fresh (and/or freshly ground) seeds and nuts rather than any of the oils you buy in bottles.
- The term 'cold pressed' is meaningless. It just means that heat wasn't applied while the seeds or fruits were being pressed. Look for oils which say that they are unprocessed. Unrefined and mechanically pressed oils are best.
- When buying olive oil all you need to look for are the words 'extra virgin' and possibly organic.
- Freezing oils is okay.
- We have come to believe that oils should be tasteless, but properly pressed oils should be full of flavour.
- Never heat oils above 160 degrees C and 320 degrees F. Do not heat expeller pressed oils at all and only use them to dress cooked foods.
- We need to eat omega 3 and 6 oils in a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio.
- Don't buy ground flaxseeds.Read more ›
It is true that Erasmus does include a push for his own oil product. It is, however, well known that his involvement in EFA oil production came AFTER the bulk of his studies and research ie the product is in response to an exposed need. This book was certainly not written to sell his oil. The references to his own product are few.
This is a well written, well organised, objective text.
If you didn't take General Chemistry course in College, this book is a tough reading. However, the author says that you can skip such chemistry part without losing any flow of the book, which I agree. However, I think that it is that chemistry part which makes this book shine and stood from any other books that simply say the confusing results or incorrect information.
I thought that I had quite a good amount of information regarding general nutrition and fat in particular, since I read good amount of books available. After I read this book, I realized that I was misunderstanding or had misinformation on fats, which is the most important nutrient. Understanding fat is not simple. And I think that understanding fat is very important, before we plan our healthy diet. I would recommend this book anyone who would like to understand fats and who are interested in health in general.
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The book is thorough, but written in an easy to read format. It also provides a very good overview of general health guidelines as well.Published on Jan. 7 2014 by Scott Hiebert
There is a lot of controversy over this topic. This book has some fantastic information, to understand as well as to discuss with other enthusiasts!Published on April 24 2013 by Tanya L Praught
This guy is just trying to sell his oils. I didn't learn anymore about fats and what they do than I could read on-line. Waste of time. Don't be taken in.Published on Sept. 14 2004
This is an excellent book and very easy for a "layman" to read.
It makes me eager to eat only organically grown foods and try again next year to grow my own. Read more
This book should be required reading in every high school health class. Why? For way too long, even those who are health conscious with the best intentions have made critical... Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2001 by andrew i. chaplowitz
This book is a great source of uncovering the facts on the oil processing industry and how processed oils are the culprits to our sickness(plus refined sugar and flour. Read morePublished on April 27 2001 by Corey F. Dyok
This is the book I buy for other people who are interested in nutrition. It gets VERY indepth but there is plenty of accessible information to make it worth your while. Read morePublished on March 27 2001