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276: The Toxic Truth About Cooking Oils (and what to do instead) - Udo Erasmus

On Air with Ella - podcast episode 276

Udo Erasmus PODCAST

Udo's Oil Blend

You don't want a high-fat diet, or a low-fat diet, you want a RIGHT FAT diet. - Udo Erasmus

What's Important About Omega 3's, Healthy Oils and How We Use Them?

  • The human body can make most of the types of fats it needs from other fats or raw materials. That isn’t the case for omega-3 fatty acids. These are essential fats—the body can’t make them from scratch but must get them from food.

  • Food sources high in Omega-3 include fish, vegetable oils, nuts (especially walnuts), flax seeds, flaxseed oil, leafy vegetables... and Udo's Blend.

  • What makes omega-3 fats special?

    • They are an integral part of the body's cell membranes and affect the function of the cell receptors.

    • They provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation.

    • They also bind to receptors in cells that regulate genetic function. Omega-3 fats have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions.

  • Most Americans take in far more Omega-6 fats (another essential fat) in their diets than they do Omega-3's

  • “Oils are more sensitive than any other nutrient." Omega 3's in particular are much more sensitive than others and subject to spoiling. S o how you handle them, store them and consume them makes a big difference.

  • Plastic permeability plays a major role in oil stability. Both butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are found to leach out from plastics films into vegetable oils during storage.

Oils and Fats to Avoid
  • Canola Oil (aka Rapeseed Oil)

  • Corn Oil

  • Soybean Oil

  • Vegetable oil

  • Peanut Oil

  • Safflower Oil

  • Cottonseed Oil

  • Grapeseed Oil

  • Margarine

  • Shortening

  • Any fake butter or vegetable oils products


Note: Niether Udo Erasmus nor I are physicians, and you should listen and read with that in mind. Do your own research and, as always, do what works for you.
  • Why Udo says “Fish is the dirtiest meat” and suggests that we eat most of our diet "at the bottom of the food chain"

  • Why we do NOT need rapeseed / canola or vegetable oil ever again!

  • Why does Udo say the frying pan is "the worst invention we’ve ever come up with"

  • Why healthy oils should be kept in the refrigerator

  • Better oil options, such as:

    • Udo's 3-6-9 Blend

    • Olive Oil

    • Palm Oil

    • Coconut Oil

    • Avocado Oil

    • Flaxseed Oil

    • Sunflower Oil

    • Walnut Oil

    • Macadamia Nut Oil

    • Butter


The legendary Udo Erasmus is the co-founder of Udo’s Choice line, which can be found in Whole Foods and health food stores worldwide. Udo designed the machinery for making oils with health in mind and pioneered flax oil, a billion dollar industry.

However, Udo walked a difficult path to become the man he is today. As a child of war, Udo’s life began with intense struggle. As an adult, he got pesticide poisoning in 1980. Deciding to take his health into his own hands, Udo began researching, and his discoveries led him to a passion for finding the answers to life’s big questions.

Today, Udo is an acclaimed speaker and author of many books, including the best-selling Fats That Heal Fats That Kill. He teaches at events hosted by Tony Robbins and Deepak Chopra, has keynoted an international brain health conference, and has traveled to over 30 countries to conduct thousands of live presentations, media interviews, and staff trainings impacting more than 25,000,000 lives with his message on oils, health, peace, nature, and human nature. Udo has an extensive education in biochemistry, genetics, biology, and nutrition, including a master’s degree in counseling psychology.




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