Podcast #119 Udo Erasmus on Fats That Heal and Leading With Your Heart


Podcast #119 Udo Erasmus on Leading With Your HeartToday's Guest

For almost two decades  Udo Erasmus has dedicated his time to understanding the effects of fats and oils on human health, as well as the nature of health itself.

Most of his more recent days have been spent on the road, spreading the message about this largely misunderstood, but vitally important, subject. He has written two ground breaking books: Fats and Oils, and Fats That Heal Fats That Kill, and has recently completed his third, The Right Fat Diet.

Udo Erasmus received his B. Sc. degree in Honors Zoology with a major in Psychology, followed by graduate studies in Biochemistry and Genetics at the University of British Columbia. While he studied Genetics at UBC, one of his research papers was published in the peer reviewed journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in 1967, and two more of his papers were published in the peer reviewed journal Mutation Research, in 1971.

A Major Turning Point

In 1980, life for Udo took a significant turn when he was poisoned while carelessly working with pesticides. When medicine was unable to provide help, he concluded that health was his own responsibility and sought the answers he needed by burying himself in research literature on nutrition and health.

He gave special attention to the least understood arena: the effects of fats and oils on human health. This meant finding and perusing thousands of original research studies, many which were inaccessible to the public and were therefore unknown. Several years of collecting and reviewing this data culminated in his landmark Canadian best-seller Fats and Oils. This book also became his thesis and earned him a Ph.D. in nutrition in 1986. The book is now available in expanded, revised, updated form as Fats That Heal Fats That Kill.

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Today we discuss

  • How pesticides poisoned Udo and what he did about it
  • Why oils are the most important but overlooked aspect of health
  • What good oils are
  • Why leading with your heart is more important than anything you can do

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Basics of the Glycemic Index Rating System


The glycemic index is an important aspect of your food. 

If you are not familiar with the Glycemic Index (GI), basically it is a number rating system for how quickly foods will digest and how much that particular food will raise your insulin and blood sugar levels.

Paying close attention to the GI is especially important for those who are diabetics, as low-glycemic foods usually make your body produce less insulin and keep your blood sugar from raising too significantly.

I personally don't see why food companies in America don't put the GI rating on the food items.

I think it would be neat and very informative and helpful for those wanting to pay close attention. Similar to the Genetically-Modified-Organism (GMO) labeling that was attempted, we need better labeling for our food in the scientific age of food.

Now, according to the GI rating scale, a score of 55 or below is considered a low-GI food.

Examples of low-GI food are:

  • Cherries - 22
  • Apple - 38
  • Pear - 38
  • Grapes - 46
  • Banana - 52
  • Walnuts - 15
  • Cashews - 22
  • Most vegetables fall in this category
  • Seeds such as sunflower and sesame

Foods that digest faster, raise your blood sugar levels more are those with a GI of 56-69. These are known as medium-GI food.

  • Kiwi - 58
  • Cantaloupe - 65
  • Pineapple - 66
  • Corn - 60

Lastly, I'll give a couple examples of High-GI food, look closely at what foods contain such a high-GI and you will understand why it's a good idea to avoid them. These are rated 70 and above.

High-GI foods are going to keep you full for a very short amount of time.

High-GI foods digest and process extremely fast and cause a large spike and drop in your blood sugar levels.

If you are familiar with how quickly you are hungry after eating a typical Chinese meal that contains sticky white rice, now you know why.

Here's a few more:

  • Rice crispies - 82
  • Dates - 102
  • Instant mashed potatoes - 86
  • Sticky white rice - 98
  • Pretzels - 83
  • White bread - 70+

Obviously these foods are "created" and you shouldn't be consuming them anyways. But, now you understand why unhealthy foods are considered that way. GI index does not have to be a list to base your diet around.

However, generally speaking the best foods for you such as berries and nuts have a low-GI rating.

Since meat does not contain carbs, it has a GI of zero.

This applies to other fats and oils which are usually rated at an extremely or nonexistent GI.

Thanks for reading!