Episode 107 |

Fats that Heal and Fats that Kill: Udo Erasmus

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This Week’s Guest:

If you’ve ever tried to quit carbs, you know how hard it can be. But did you realize that  carbohydrates  are eight times more addictive than cocaine? Giving up fats can be incredibly difficult too. Fortunately, we don’t need to quit eating fats to be healthy. Some fats are essential while others can be detrimental to our health. It’s all about finding the right ones and creating balance in our diets.

Udo Erasmus, acclaimed author of the bestselling book Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill, is here today to explain the roles of carbs, fats, sugar, and more. He’ll break down the various types of fats  and clarify the key differences between them. Udo will also offer potentially life-changing advice and deeply inspirational words on how to eat right and live a healthy life.


Find Out More About Udo Here:

Udo’s Choice
Total Sexy Health
@UdosChoiceOfficial on Facebook
Udo Erasmus on Facebook
@UdoErasmus on Twitter


In This Episode:

  • [01:16] – Udo starts things off by talking about how we should think about fat, and why it has been demonized. He then explains why a fat-free diet is dangerous.
  • [04:51] – We learn about some of the rich sources for essential fatty acids, and why we don’t need to get them from fish.
  • [07:24] – Does Udo recommend getting Omega-3 from fish too, or just from flax? As he answers, he also offers advice on how to use oils and why we should avoid frying foods.
  • [11:11] – There are three different tests to determine whether someone is deficient in fatty acids, Udo explains.
  • [13:40] – Udo returns to explaining the problems with cooking with oils, and explains why frying foods is such a major problem.
  • [16:47] – Stephan points out that the way you feel about the food you’re eating changes how your body processes it.
  • [17:07] – Udo talks about his mindfulness practice, which he calls “self-knowledge.”
  • [19:47] – Stephan recommends an earlier Optimized Geek episode with Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt.
  • [21:06] – If listeners are going to refuse to stop cooking with oil, what’s the best option for them to choose?
  • [24:30] – Udo breaks down various fat-related terms for listeners, explaining what saturated fats and trans fats are and why they’re problematic.
  • [30:00] – Udo makes a distinction about Dave Asprey and his Bulletproof diet.
  • [34:20] – Carbohydrate addiction is eight times stronger than addiction to cocaine, Udo reveals.
  • [36:00] – Udo clarifies a detail about burning sugars versus fats. The problem is when you eat more sugar or carbs than you burn, he explains.
  • [39:57] – We learn more about different kinds of fats, this time monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
  • [41:54] – What are Udo’s feelings about animal fats?
  • [45:15]  – Udo explains that B12 is derived from almost all animal products, and recommends that vegans take it as a supplement.
  • [46:41] – Udo talks about the meat in grocery stores and how it’s treated.
  • [49:55] – We hear an inspirational message from Udo about the importance of life over gold or money. He then explains that what we’re doing to the planet is bad for life in general.
  • [52:27] – Udo describes the long and distasteful process that oils go through before they’re sold in supermarkets.
  • [55:16] – We learn how Udo got started in working on healthful oils, and what he sees as the foundation of being healthy and sexy. He ties this into his recent project: The Book on Total Sexy Health.
  • [59:59] – What did Udo mean by saying that death is very different from the outside than from the inside?
  • [66:40] – We hear more about Udo’s book and how it relates to his mission.
  • [68:44] – Stephan shares a couple of resources related to the idea that you are not your body, and the idea of tapping into the lightning within you.


Links and Resources:

Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill by Udo Erasmus
Udo’s Choice
Total Sexy Health
@UdosChoiceOfficial on Facebook
Udo Erasmus on Facebook
@UdoErasmus on Twitter
Food pyramid
Essential fatty acids
Krill oil
Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt on the Optimized Geek
IMAGO Relationships
Saturated fats
Trans fats
Walter Willett
Dave Asprey on the Optimized Geek
Mark Sisson on the Optimized Geek
Monounsaturated fats
Polyunsaturated fats
The Book on Total Sexy Health by Udo Erasmus
Sanjay Sabnani on the Optimized Geek
Yehuda Ashkenazi on the Optimized Geek



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