Fats That Heal Fats That Kill

How eating the right fats and oils improves: energy level, athletic performance, fat loss, cardiovascular health, immune function, longevity, and more

Fats That Heal Fats That Kill

  • How to avoid bad oils and increase healthy oils by Udo Erasmus
  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Alive Books; Revised & enlarged edition (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0920470386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920470381
  • Book dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping weight:: 1.7 pounds

Product Description

More health problems come from damaged oils than any other part of nutrition, and more health benefits come from oils made with care than any other part of nutrition. Fats that Heal Fats that Kill led to the creation of a new industry — making edible oils ‘with health in mind’. In the book, Udo Erasmus exposes the manufacturing processes that turn healing fats into killing fats, explains the effects of these damaged fats on human health, provides the knowledge you need to avoid the damaged ones and to choose health-promoting oils, and explores the therapeutic potential of flax, hemp, olive, fish, evening primrose, and other oils. Buy now from Amazon

19 reviews for Fats That Heal Fats That Kill

  1. Carol McDowell

    I learned a lot from the book

  2. Damian

    A well written book that goes as deeply into the chemistry of oils as you want but also has enough high level information to provide a useful guide to buying oils for your own use. If you’re buying it to find out which fats kill, forget about it, they take way too long…kidding.

  3. Minnie

    Very helpful to change bad eating habits

  4. Ruth

    A must for every health library. This is a watershed book on fats and oils. No serious follower of nutrition and health should be without Fats That Heal Fats That Kill.

  5. Woodley Lamousnery

    With severe deficiencies in nearly all essential vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and fatty-acids, Dr. Eramsus’ Fats That Kill, Fats That Heal is a densely scientific, comprehensive, and invaluable piece of information on dieting. As per the title, the main focus throughout the book is the vital need to incorporate fats and particularly the essential polyunsaturated ALA and LA omega fatty acids lacking in our diets. Both marine and plant omega-3s constitute vitamin F, which many properly don’t know or hear much of.

    Through Erasmus’ well exacuted details of the biological and functional processes of the omega-3s and the many ways the body utilizes it, including the activation of prostaglandins-1-the master regulator of many metabolic operations-our best efforts is to try to incorporate them into the diet daily. Taking a naturopathic approach, Dr. Erasmus sees the use of fresh seeds and their oil derivatives as healers of the many ailments now gripping​ the modern American. Since this book was written and published in the 80’s, the lessons are still relevant today and I believe deficiencies are far worse well into the 21st century.

    What I enjoyed most from reading is that Erasmus’ persuasion could be felt through his passion for this subject and is genuinely believable. He provides us with the real natural prescription for the many diseases and degenerative conditions, which is through natural dieting. True healers of modern illnesses and diseases are not pharmaceutical drugs, but is, through time, making the effort to consume organic whole foods.

  6. Connie

    Well this book was so good and informative, that I ended ordering two of them by mistake, and the return time was so short that I missed returning one of the books by just a couple of days. Anyway, what you’ll find in this book could save your life, literally. There are 456 pages in this book. After reading only a bit of it, I now value the brands of oils I find in health food stores with the name UDO. Udo Erasmus breaks down a very complicating subject to a level that the average person can understand.

  7. GailET

    Thank you

  8. Delia McCabe

    If you want a one-stop-shop for ALL the truth about fats and oils then this is your book! It is an amazingly in-depth and broad compilation of this complex subject, from the actual molecular structure of the fat to the way it is processed including why and how our health is severely comprised when we consume these damaged fats. The details provide an in-depth understanding of the critically important role that fats play in our health and well-being and wonderfully, the author explains this complexity in a beautifully, simple way! This book is truly fabulous!

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  10. Eddy

    This is an A to Z book on everything you need to know about fats. There is a wealth of info in this book. I do, however, feel there was too much technical information. I want to know what I need to do to maintain my optimum health. I don’t need to know the molecular structure of every single fat chain. Overall Informative book, but I felt like I was back in college.

  11. Amanda Hunt

    Excellent read for anyone looking to learn about oils and fats processing and how they have an affect on your body.

  12. Rex B.

    Read if you want to stay healthy

  13. Ian Barton Stewart

    Informative and well researched. There’s much ignorance about oils and fats. This book explains the truth. Extra virgin olive oil, flax oil and a few others are the healthy choices. Not for frying with-the author explains why frying with oils is bad and it’s much better to add oils after steam frying.

    I was surprised to discover that food sautéed with water (prawns onion and broccoli) with a little gluten free soy sauce tasted excellent, with extra virgin olive oil added on the plate. Even better than oil fried.

  14. NM

    I first purchased this book more than 30 years ago from a recently opened Whole Foods store in Dallas that had a book section.
    This along with William Davis’ Wheat Belly are the most informative books on Health and Wellness. Very detailed.
    It outlines the cause of inflammation in the body, and how diabetes has its roots in fat metabolism and Metabolic Syndromes.
    I purchased a new copy on Amazon for $5.25. I wish there were an abbreviated version, or a synopsis for those who find it hard to read the entire volume, which is well worth reading.

  15. Elijah Bilel

    This book went into more detail on the oils that are bad for the body as well as the good ones. It also did a decent job at putting enthuses on the form of the oil which plays a role in if it will be good for you or bad for you. I give it 5 stars for being so detailed!

  16. Douglas Halfpenny

    This book provided the missing link in my Medical Laboratory training and filled in all the “but why” blanks in my education.

    My training was centred on testing and diagnosing medical conditions, Haematology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Histology, Immunohaematology, Anatomy and Physiology.

    I realized how incomplete my training was when I started to read this amazing book.

    Who knew that nutrition, particularly fatty acid metabolism is not just essential to a clear understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, but in the forefront of the practical application of food as medicine and in the maintenance of healthful living and and a healing lifestyle.

    I read this book as a self referenced work to get the most understanding from it. When a paragraph in a given chapter referenced another chapter, I left a marker and turned to the reference chapter, which itself may have had references. I noted all references and read in a manner which brought me the most enlightenment, returning to my initial placeholder when I had gained a more complete understanding.

    If the reader can have the discipline to approach this fine work in this manner, the rewards are a clarity of the importance of nutrition that is unavailable anywhere else.

    I recommend this book highly to all my friends who are interested in nutrition, especially those in the medical field.

    I am of the opinion that medical community deals in sickcare and this book and Udo Erasmus deal in HEALTHCARE!

  17. Jay Tee

    Udo Erasmus does an excellent job of bringing the complicated science behind human health down-to-earth and making it possible to understand for ordinary, intelligent people. In “Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill” Erasmus teaches people to understand both the necessary roles that essential oils play in health, and how those oils have been unintentionally corrupted by modern companies, in their pursuit of wealth over our health. He also gives CLEAR, UNEQUIVOCAL GUIDELEINES on how to incorporate more healthy oils into our diets, while reducing or removing unhealthy oils. A MUST for anyone interested in how nutrition affects health. Great book!

  18. Amazon Customer

    This brilliant book on fats is absolutely the most detailed labor of love I have ever had the pleasure to explore! If you want to get educated on the complete science of fat chemistry and how it works in our bodies. Than this is the book you want to read . From layman to expert will all be richly educated.

  19. FLShopper

    I am not a scientist or dietician, but Inread and re-read this book over a short few days- cover to cover. The author share complex concepts in clear and readable language.
    The topic is very important to health, and I think very misunderstood. I learned so much and feel that I have the tools to choose what fats I want and know why. And it gave me good reason to enjoy avocados without guilt! Recommended!

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