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Episode #127: Why Saturated Fat Won’t Kill You But Vegetable Oil Will.

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In this January 5, 2011 free audio episode: Why saturated fat isn't bad and vegetable oil could kill you, what's the difference between fructose in fruit and high fructose corn syrup?, how to use hemp protein, is it OK to take advil before exercising, advice from an 80 year old guy who raced an Ironman, what is the difference between threshold and VO2 max, do special breathing techniques make you perform better?

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Featured Topic: Why Saturated Fat Won't Kill You But Vegetable Oil Will.

This is the oil that Udo talks about.

Udo Erasmus is an international authority on fats, oils, cholesterol and human health. Udo received his B.Sc. in Honors Zoology from the University of British Columbia and followed with graduate studies in Biochemistry and Genetics. Several years of research culminated in his best-selling book, Fats that Heal Fats that Kill, which you can get at Amazon by clicking here.

During our interview, Udo and I talk about the 3-6-9 oil. Here is a link to the one that I currently take.

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Patrick asks: Is there any validity to the claim that taking in natural sugars (honey, maple syrup, fruit juices) is somehow less damaging to your body that processed (HFCS) or refined (white sugar) sugars? I've heard that it has to do with what your body “recognizes as food,” but haven't heard any convincing evidence that your body knows the difference.

Mer asks: I was wondering what is a good place to start with hemp proteins. I'm staring down hempseed oil, shelled hemp seeds and hemp protein powder. I've seen Jessa mix up stuff with the oil, but is that good for smoothies too? I can't buy all of them at the moment, so where would you start?

Here's the recipe I mentioned to Mer, and here's a link to the LivingProtein.

1 cup cooked quinoa

½ cup shelled hempseed

1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 cup grated carrots

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

1 bunch (1¾ ounces) chopped fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions

2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed between your fingers

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or dried Aleppo pepper

⅔ cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

¼ teaspoon sea salt, or to taste

Freshly ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients; toss and serve.

Brock asks: A few weeks ago I had a bit of a head cold. I was taking the product Advil Cold & Sinus to keep my symptoms minimized and noticed that when I went for a run I felt faster, lighter and like I could run forever. I thought it might be the Pseudoephedrine in the medication… so, once I was over the cold, I tried going for my LSD run about 20 minutes after taking one capsule of Advil Cold & Sinus and sure enough I got that energy boost again. My question is, I know Pseudoephedrine is a controlled medication in Canada (where I live) likely due to Meth Labs springing up and has been on-and-off the banned list for the olympics but is it safe to exercise when taking it? Is there any reason why someone shouldn't pop a couple of these before a road race, shinny game or even a marathon to get that energy boost?

Bill asks: I was wonder if you ever commented on this guy before, Lew Hollander, 80 yr old KONA Ironman finisher. What are you’re thoughts on his supplement recommendations? And is it only appropriate for older generation or can everyone benefit from his suggestions?

Kelcey asks: What is the difference between an interval workout using threshold vs. VOs Max? What is the difference between AT and VO2 max?

Shawn asks: Just wondering if you are familiar with the breathing techniques described in BreathPlay and what your thoughts are?

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20 thoughts on “Episode #127: Why Saturated Fat Won’t Kill You But Vegetable Oil Will.

  1. I'm interested to see if you will be taking up Udo on his claim that an endurance althlete can compete just as well using fats as a nutrition strategy, when compared to using the typical carbohydrate nutrition. Let us know!!

    1. Udo wrote me and says:

      Hi Ben

      Frying with oils or fats is the most effective way to fry your health.

      The more omega 3 > omega 6 > omega 9 > saturated fats, the more damage is done by frying (overheating), and the more damage they do to your body.

      No matter what you overheat—fat, oil, carbs, bread, toast, protein, meat, eggs—you increase risk of inflammation (which is the beginning of most of our degenerative diseases) and cancer.

      Saturated fat is less worse than omega 3 oils for frying, but there is no good oil for frying except water. Cook, steam, boil, pressure-cook foods, then add good oils to enhance flavors, improve absorption, keep foods undamaged, and keep oil undamaged.

      Remember that life's standard for foods for creatures on this planet is fresh, whole, raw, organic. Cooking in water is bad enough. Frying is lethal.

      Those who want to shorten their miserable life here can reach their goal most effectively by frying everything.
      The rest of us should hit ourselves on the head with our frying pan and then throw it in the garbage and store it there permanently.

      'Can I just fry a little bit' is a Russian roulette question. We should be asking a better question: What can I do to optimize my health? Frying would never be part of the answer to the better question.

      Hope this helps to bring clarity into the conversation about our (god-awful) eating habits.

      Warm regards
      Udo=

  2. Great interview, Ben.

    I have been eating about five cans of sardines a week attempting to increase my omega 3 naturally. The "two row" smaller sardines taste the best. At what level of sardine consumption would somebody start to be concerned about excessive intake of uric acid?

    1. You'll get about 1000mg of purines per 3.5 ounces of sardines, and a low purine "gout-risk" diet is actually less than 150mg of purines. If you have gout or high genetic risk, I'd be careful. If not, you can get away with 1000-2000mg on any given day.

  3. Ben, Did Udo recommend not cooking with saturated fats because they are damaged with heat or just because cooking with saturated fat does not give omega 3's that we need. We're used to hearing that saturated fats are pretty stable and resistant to damage when cooking. What are your thoughts on cooking with saturated fats like coconut oil and butter?

  4. Hi Ben. I understand the benefits of of omega 3 and omega 6 and why they are important, but how can I get the right ratio of the 2 that your guest said was important?. Also I live in Australia. Is Udo's oil available here? Max

    1. Max,

      You'd need to track and analyze your diet to truly see if your were getting the right ratios, or take the essential fatty acids test through Bioletics. you should be able to get Udo's in Australia…

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