Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend

Today I walked past a health food shop and I saw a poster advertizing 'Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend'. The poster said that this oil is high in omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. In a previous post on this blog I pointed out that we already get too much omega-6 fatty acid.

Although omega-6 is an Essential Fatty Acid, the large amounts we already consume are harmful and more of it will only harm us more. The more of it we have the less our body can utilize omega-3. The type of omega-3 found in this type of oil blend is of very little use to the body.

Good nutritional advice is that we should reduce the amount of omega-6 we consume, by reducing the amount of vegetable oil, and increasing the amount of omega-3, particularly the long chain omega-3 that can only be obtained from eating oily fish or seafood or taking fish oil or cod liver oil.

Curiously, in an web page about Dr Udo Erasmus and his oil, Mary Shomon indicates that he understands this problem of too much omega-6.

According to Dr. Erasmus, since 1900, Omega 6 consumption has increased by about 20 times the previous levels, primarily because of increased use of certain vegetable oils in food preparation, while Omega 3s are now only 1/6 of previous levels. According to Dr. Erasmus, this means that we get too much Omega 6 and too little Omega 3 fatty acids.

And yet he is encouraging people to take more omega-6!

On his site it says that the price of a bottle of his oil blend is £10.99 for 250ml or £19.99 for 500ml. It says Its unique formulation will provide you with an excellent source of the unprocessed, readily utilised omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids that are vital for life. As part of a low saturated fat, low cholesterol diet these can contribute to improved cardiovascular and general health. This is misleading. More long-chain omega-3 and less omega-6 will lead to improved cardiovascular health. His blend will not.

I don't like people who make money by confusing people about their health and
selling them expensive useless products. I don't like the manufacturers and I don't like the so-called health food shops. My advice to people is to do what I do and buy fish oil capsules. They will be better for you and save you a lot of money.

And as for that Flora Cuisine, everything that I've said above applies to that too.