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Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill: The Complete Guide to Fats, Oils, Cholesterol and Human Health Paperback – January 1, 1993
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Even worse are those who are consuming fats that are "illness by prescription"--and don't know it. Learn the truth, corroborated with good science, get informed, use the information.
This book is THE quintessential one on making one of the most vital decisions in your daily cuisine. Erasmus has a gift of taking the complex and making it an easy read. More importantly, one can, after reading this book, use the information to reach for your maximum health potential.
If you have a desire to be as healthy as your genetics will allow, then do not skip this book---it is as critical as anything you do, including check-ups and medical tests.
I feel most fortunate I got my hands on it before I did more damage. I wish it were published at the beginning of the century. Many of the degenerative diseases would have been greatly diminished.
Finally, to his credit, Erasmus does not use the book to promote his propietary oil, Udo's Choice, manufactured by the top of the line Flora Company. Rather, he gives you the information to decide how to purchase the best oils
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.
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.
Unfortunately, the book's wide currency and authoritative stance does not hold up in light of crucial facts.
It contains a lot of awesome scientific formulas, tables, analyses, and so forth, and would appear to be an authoritative, definitive "final answer" on fats, but there is much in it that is alarmingly inaccurate and misleading. His conclusions on polyunsaturates, saturated fats, coconut oil, butter, flax and canola oil are all haphazard and inconsistent with fact-based science (For example, read the findings of Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig in their document on canola oil: http[...]).
Much of Erasmus's conclusions, especially about vegetable based polyunsaturates, reflect current dietary trends than anything else. Hemp oil, which he espouses, contains cannabinoids, the compounds found in marijuana: people eating hemp oil have failed a clean test for drugs in corporation testing. Moreover, the book promotes manufactured oils which Mr. Erasmus utilizes in his very expensive oil blend, which are high in polyunsaturates.
For true science and data on fats, one would be better to turn to Mary G. Enig's "Know Your Fats," which is the real, pioneering guide on fats. Enig is one of the world's foremost lipid biochemists, and she provides specific science and how fats work in the body and what the body needs. Also of value is her book 'Eat Fat Lose Fat' and Bruce Fife's 'The Coconut Oil Miracle,' which despels a lot of the myths regarding saturated and tropical fats. Erasmus provides very little information about the properties of coconut oil. Enig and Fife present common sense and scientific logic in their research and delivering of facts, something which is lacking in Erasmus's book. Enig is clear, and consistent from beginning to end: Erasmus's stand is contradictory.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some good information, but the same old inaccurate information about calories and metabolism.
Then I realized he was selling a product.
I love the easy read- lots of info. Helps to refine my diet, lose weight get healthy. Less carbs, More good fat.Published 3 months ago by edwin wendll prentice
I really wanted to like this book, and am almost tempted to recommend reading it - if only for its exposition of the oil processing industry's harmful practices. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jaroslav Tuček
The good fat and the bad conundrum has not really resolved for me yet though this book has simplified some of the analysis read previously in other documents and journals. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sharanjeet Shan
Good information, although hard to turn into actionable practices.Published 8 months ago by James M Parker
I really liked this book, very informative. As a nutritionist, this is a great help in understanding the way we digest fats. I loved the biochemical science in it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by T. Christianson