Udo Erasmus, pioneer of essential fatty acids, EFA's, omega-3, omega fats, Udo's Choice, Udo's Oil, cold-pressed flax-seed oil, trans-fats, Trans Fatty acids


Fats That Heal Fats That Kill is recommended by doctors. Accessible! Fats That Heal Fats That Kill is praised by readers. Now in the 10th printing and over 200,000 copies sold.

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Udo's publication is the first and only one of its kind to de-mystify the vast body of scientific knowledge about fats and make it available and understandable to the general public!

Dear Udo Erasmus:

I was so honored that you would write to me personally.

I must tell you that your book Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill has had a profound effect on my life --- I can't believe that you could create such a masterpiece at such a young age. The book is incredibly thorough --- and a wonderful "balance" --- just enough technical information --- but still easy to read. When I see a book like this, the only thing that makes sense to me is that God has created you for this important purpose.

Thomas Ramsell


Healing fats are required, together with other nutrients, to prevent and reverse so-called "incurable" degenerative diseases: heart disease, cancer, and Type II diabetes. Healing fats also help reverse arthritis, obesity, PMS, allergies, asthma, skin conditions, fatigue, yeast and fungal infections, addictions, certain types of mental illness, and many other conditions.
Contrary to popular belief based on deceptive advertising hype, the most dangerous fats are typically found in margarines, shortenings, and heated oils.

Fats That Heal Fats That Kill exposes the manufacturing processes that turn healing fats into killing fats, explains the effects of these damaged fats on human health, and discloses information that enables you to choose health-promoting oils.

Fats That Heal Fats That Kill tells you the whole story on fats and health in a balanced way, examining all aspects of useful oils including the much maligned snake oil. You may be shocked by what you learn.
This extensive subject is poorly understood at the best of times - which, unfortunately contributes to the toll on public health. To convey the truest message to the largest number of people, Udo has written the book with 15-year old readers in mind. But, the book also includes some chemical diagrams for those with science background, insatiable curiosity, or those who simply like to challenge themselves.

"A tremendous amount of hard-to-find information - the first book to actually make sense out of the role of fats in health. A welcome relief from the one-sided approach of our current health authorities, who espouse the low-fat diet as the panacea for all health problems. The informed and balanced presentation will help to take the fear out of fats."

- Richard A Kunin, MD, author: MegaNutrition and The Listen to Your Body Diet; President: International Society For Orthomolecular Medicine

"A monumental piece of work... it will make a distinct contribution."
- E. Cheraskin, MD, DMD, author: Vitamin C: Who Needs It?

"Dr. Erasmus does an excellent job of laying out the facts concerning the important role fats play in our overall quality of life. Those of us in America have been supplied with much mis-information by those seeking monetary gain at the expense of the health of the people. We have become 'Fat' conscience and prey for the greedy 'food' manufactures who have capitalized on ignorance. Dr. Erasmus does an excellent job in denouncing the myths about fats in the diet, pointing us to the well documented truth of the vital role 'good fats' plan in our body and the harmful effects of the highly processed fats. This book is an excellent resource manual that will not collect dust in the library of those truly interested in optimal health."
- Dr O. I. - Naturopathic Physician

"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. I have purchased and take his "Udo's Choice Blend Oil". Time will tell what benefical results I get. I sincerely recomemd this book for anyone interested in choosing a more healthy way of eating."
- reader from Mayer, Arizona

"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 mistakes in choosing our fats and oils. For example, for years I purchased unrefined oils of "macrobiotic quality", packaged in a clear bottle and used them at high heat...a critical mistake! Read this book and find out why!!

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."

-Andrew Chaplowitz, Springfield, NJ


Chapter By Chapter . . .

The Breakdown . . .Udo Erasmus provides a refreshingly balanced look at the role of fats and oils in the human diet. In his detailed but simple style, he brings this subject back into perspective.

Fats That Heal Fats That Kill Book Cover He educates the reader on a multitude of topics affecting the oil industry and the consumption of fats and oils and human health. Central to Udo's book is the obvious misunderstanding that surrounds "Fats that Heal" versus "Fats that Kill". He exposes the current fad of low-fat, no-fat, and even fake fat diets and the detrimental effects it has on an individuals physical, mental, and emotional well-being.


Section One


A Broader Context

  • Fatty Degeneration - The Importance of Fats
  • Foundations of Human Health

Section Two


Face Fats! Components of Fats, Oils, Cholesterol

  • Fatty Acids Overview
  • What's in a Name? - Naming Fatty Acids
  • Hard Fats and Saturated Fatty Acids (SaFAs)
  • The Sugar-Fat Connection
  • Liquid Oils and Unsaturated Fatty Acids (UFAs)
  • The Healing Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)
  • Triglyceride Fats (TGs)
  • Phospholipids and Membranes (PLs)
  • Lecithin
  • Cholesterol
  • Essential Nutrients


Section Three


Fat Cats in the Fats Lane, History, Oil Making, Toxic Products, Promotion

  • A Brief History of Oil Making: The Business of Fats and Oils
  • From Seed to Oil - Commercial Oil Making Methods
  • From Oil to Margarine - Hydrogenation
  • Margarines, Shortenings, and trans-fatty Acids
  • Other Toxic Products
  • Erucic Acid: Toxic or Beneficial?
  • Light, Free Radicals, and Oils
  • Frying and Deep-Frying
  • Fractionation and Transesterification
  • Advertising and Jargon
  • Polyunsaturates and Superunsaturates
  • Vitamin E and Polyunsaturates
  • "Cold-Pressed": A Meaningless Term
  • Making Oils with Human Health in Mind
  • Packaging and Storing Oils
  • Labeling Oil Products


Section Four


Body Fat

  • Fat Consumption and Daily Requirement
  • Digestion of Fats, Oils, Cholesterol
  • Metabolism of Fats and Oils
  • Vitamin and Mineral Co-Factors in Fat
  • Cholesterol Metabolism
  • Individuality
  • Orthomolecular Nutrition
  • Stress and the Battery of Life
  • Antioxidants and the Fire That is Life
  • Why Calorie Counting Fails and What to Do to Lose Weight
  • Blood Cholesterol = Plasma Lipoproteins = HDL, LDL & Lp(a)


Section Five


The Fats of Life - Fats in Food Products

  • Diet Controversies
  • Rating Oils in Diets
  • How Fat are Your Foods?
  • Cholesterol in Foods
  • Meats
  • Mother's Milk and Dairy Products
  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Oils in Seeds
  • Butter Versus Margarine
  • Tropical Fats
  • Hidden Junk Fats and Fat Substitutes


Section Six


New Research - New Fats, Fat Finding Missions, Breakthroughs, Applications

  • Virgin Olive Oils - Unrefined Versus Refined
  • Oils from Fish and Seafoods: EPA and DHA
  • Snake Oil and Patent Medicines
  • Evening Primrose, Borage, and Black Currant Oils: GLA
  • Prostaglandins (PGs)
  • Flax: LNA
  • Hemp: LA, LNA, and GLA
  • Nature's Most Perfectly Balanced Oil?
  • Exotic Oils
  • Oil and Protein Work Together
  • Budwig, Flax Oil, and Protein
  • Flax and Hemp Oil Recipes
  • Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs)
  • Alkylglycerols
  • Oils and Sunshine - Light and Health
  • Balanced Nutrition and Life-Style

Section Seven


Fats and Fates - Fats and Degenerative Diseases

  • Changes in Fat Consumption and Degenerative Disease
  • Degenerative Diseases
  • Is the Cholesterol Theory Wrong?
  • Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
  • Diabetes
  • Overweight and Constipation
  • Skin Conditions, Tanning Lotions, and Ozone
  • Female Conditions
  • Allergies, Arthritis, and Asthma
  • Addictions, Mental Illness, and Violence
  • "Bugs": Candida Yeast, Fungi, Bacteria, and Chronic Fatigue
  • Cancer
  • AIDS
  • Auto-Immune Conditions
  • Other Degenerative Conditions
  • Aging and Longevity
  • Infants and Oils
  • Pets and Oils
  • The Business and Politics of Health


Section Eight


Toward Total Health - Live Long and Feel Fat-astic

  • Recommendations for Health
  • The Biological Basis of Natural Therapies
  • Health as Wholeness
  • Abbreviations
  • Glossary/Bibliography/Index/About the Author
  • Services Provided


The Reviews Are In!
Book Review by Larry Grindstaff:
A few years ago, a popular notion emerged that in order to lose weight, all fats should be eliminated from the diet. ... many tried it and lost weight; ("Oh, happy day") but, they gained weight after two years on this diet and kept gaining ("Horrors"). Interestingly, when they ate the right fats, they lost it.

Confusion has ensued. Are fats good, or are fats bad? What are the "right" fats? Udo Erasmus, in his carefully researched, organized and well presented book, "Fats that Heal Fats that Kill" explains the latest scientific findings in a simple, highly readable "laymen's textbook."

With patience and clarity, the chemical formulas for numerous fats and oils are integrated into the text to create a base of understanding about health and nutrition in general. In fact, it is the only book that I'm aware of that not only shows the chemical formulas; but, also, explains them so you can actually pass the information along to someone else and have them understand.

This book is a "must read." An excerpt from the back cover is enough to convince: "Healing fats are required together with other nutrients, to prevent and reverse so-called "incurable" degenerative diseases: heart disease, cancer, and type II diabetes. Healing fats also help reverse arthritis, obesity, PMS, allergies, asthma, skin conditions, fatigue, yeast and fungal infections, addictions, certain types of mental illness, and many other conditions."
Book Review by Helene Meurer

The cover of this book resembles that of Fats and Oils published six years ago, and while it is considered to be a new edition of that same book I find it to be revised, updated and expanded to an impressive degree. With publication of the original work Erasmus sparked much controversy and activity with the edible oil industry. Since that time, and largely due to Erasmus' influence, many advances have been made scientifically, medically and nutritionally in the field of fats, oils and cholesterol in human health. And where all newly published health books now deal more with this subject than ever before, not one of them comes close to mastering the subject in a way that both presents the overall picture and educates the reader into a personal understanding of his/her relationship with Fats that Heal Fats that Kill - this does.

I was stunned to read Erasmus' work. His in-depth look at the oil industry and processes that turn healing fats into killing fats is unequaled. Learning about these processes is essential to understanding why we must make certain food choices to prevent and even reverse certain degenerative diseases, that include heart disease, cancer and diabetes. There is much needed chapter on infants and oils, help for athletes, pets, and sufferers of arthritis, allergies, asthma, addictions and more. Equally fascinating is a scrutiny of modern, healthful oils, including snake oil, flax, evening primrose and hemp oil.

Erasmus shies away from nothing. He looks into all aspects of fats and oils, from the way our bodies assimilate these to the politics of health and everything in between. I found a small note about the "nicknames of fatty acids" which alongside many illustrations is included to guarantee our comprehension of a sometimes daunting subject. Understanding the simple roots of terms used in this book helped a great deal in clarifying the subject matter. In Fats that Heal Fats that Kill Udo Erasmus has by far surpassed his original work. The book will further enlighten an audience of concerned readers, students and professionals, who since Fats and Oils, have deserved to know more.
According To Other Experts . . .
"No one in the world understands the connections between fats, oils and health better than Udo Erasmus. Listen to and talk with him - this could be the most important two hours of this year for you."
Fred Rohe, author

"I have never been so delightfully surprised by a book that should be boring and pedantic. Udo Erasmus has put together all the current information about fats and oils and laid it out for all the world to see."
Lendon H Smith, MD, author of the best-sellers Feed Your Kids Right and The Encyclopedia of Baby and Child Care.

"Udo Erasmus has taken a complex topic and made it understandable. In fact, he has gone far beyond the scope of the title and also given a broad insight into nutrition and health in general. I highly recommend it."
John Matsen, Naturopathic Physician, author of the best-selling book Eating Alive.

"An excellent guide to a subject which is proving of the greatest importance for human health."
David Horrobin, MD, editor of Clinical Uses of Essential Fatty Acids.

"I have gone over the manuscript very carefully, and I think that Udo Erasmus has done a marvelous job of summarizing almost everything one needs to know about fats and oils."
Abram Hoffer, MD, Ph.D., researcher, editor of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, author of Orthomolecular Medicine for Physicians.

"Udo Erasmus has written a very timely and important book...filled with interesting and accurate information concerning...fatty acids in nutrition and health. An excellent contribution to the field of clinical nutrition."
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., President Health Comm


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