Udo’s Oil

Posted: March 21, 2011 in Nutrition
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Okay, so I’m dying to know what the big whoop is about ‘Udo’s Oil’.  Apart from having a funny-sounding name, why does everybody preach on and on about the benefits of this miraculous stuff?  Isn’t oil just the liquid form of fat?  How is that any good for you?  Wouldn’t you really want to avoid fats?  WTF?

All these are valid questions, of course.  Most people think that avoiding fat is the path to true health, but in reality there are two substances that can only be found in fat that are just as necessary to our survival as proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Of the many kinds of fats, only the ones called Omega 3 and 6 have been designated as essential fatty acids (EFA’s) by scientists, because every living cell in the body needs these fats, but the body can’t make them on its own. A direct food source is always required.

The key to health from fats lies in ingesting the essential ones in the proper ratio. This isn’t usually achieved as it has been shown that the average diet is far too high in omega 6 and dangerously low in omega 3. Another concern we face when choosing a source of EFA’s is that the majority of oils found on grocery store shelves have been damaged by heat, light and oxygen and modern processing practices. These oils may no longer provide healthful EFA’s and may even be harmful – hence our belief in oil as being bad.

Udo’s 3-6-9 Oil Blend is a special blend of carefully chosen, natural, unrefined, EFA-rich oils that has a pleasant nutty taste. It contains oils from fresh, certified organic flax, sesame, sunflower and evening primrose seeds as well as oils from rice and oat germ, providing ‘minor’ ingredients with major health benefits.  This oil blend has added non-GMO soy lecithin, which improves oil digestion and provides the building materials for healthy cell membranes.  Udo’s 3-6-9 Oil Blend also contains medium chain triglycerides, which are easy to digest and assimilate and can be used directly by our cells as a source of energy without increasing fat deposits and that’s like getting free gas at the pump if you ask me!

“Udo’s 3-6-9 Oil Blend is pressed and filtered in a state-of-the-art, low heat, light and oxygen-free environment to maximize stability and provide nutritional value and freshness”

Sounds like total horseshit to me, but great…whatever.

“Nitrogen purged, amber glass bottles are filled with the oil blend and then nitrogen flushed to eliminate oxygen. The bottles are then capped and packed in a box to further protect the ingredients and ensure the highest possible quality.”

Anybody still following this?  Seriously, who gives a shit?  What’s in it for me?

Well, bodybuilders avidly use this supplement for leaning aid purposes so basically are consuming fat in order to lose body fat….ironic hey?  Those EFA’s are excellent in increasing our metabolic rates and energy levels, meaning we will burn more calories and subsequently lose weight. They also help the kidneys get rid of any water which the body is retaining.  And considering that slimming down is currently my main goal for 2011 in preparation for June and September’s 70.3 races, and that this oil elixir is now being suggested for everyone’s diet (and this means everyone from the Average Joe to World Champion Ironmen), how can I afford not to give it a go?

I like to add it to my salads in lieu of dressing, over fish, or in my protein shakes in the morning. It is not suggested that you cook with this oil or you will break it down and it must be kept cold, but drizzling it over your already steamed veggies will give them that nice little extra zip!  The oil is very light as is the taste being it is mainly comprised of flaxseed oil, pumpkin seed oil, sesame oil, etc. (you can read the label for the full reading). Another selling point for me was that it is a vegan product so I can continue to take advantage of it as I transition through my vegetarian phases.

You can easily find Udo’s 3-6-9 Oil Blend at your local health store and you’re looking at approximately $25.00 for a 500ml bottle.  It certainly ain’t cheap, but it does manage to last a while if you are only using to enhance your meals rather than making it the focus for them.  One last questions remains however: why the stupid name?

Udo’s 3-6-9 Oil Blend is named after Udo Erasmus, PhD, and inventor of aforementioned product.  Starting in the mid-1980’s, Udo popularized the use of flax oil through an exhaustive itinerary of public lectures, which eventually led to TV and radio interviews. His groundbreaking book, Fats that Heal Fats That Kill, became the industry’s bible on fats. Later he developed an oil blend which is an improvement on flax oil, offering a better ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6.  So, really, he was just a more relaxed, buttoned-down, polyester version of Susanne Powers.  Huh.

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