1. How much Udo's Oil should I take each day? How to measure it?
In general, fat intake recommendation for an adult is about 2 tablespoon (30ml) per day. Rule of thumb to calculate fat consumption per day= 0.6ml x body weight (kg).
0.6ml x 50kg = 30ml/day (distribute throughout the day by mixing into breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Soup Spoon - 15ml
Tablespoon - 10ml
2. When is the most suitable time to consume Udo’s Oil?
Generally, oil is best taken together with food (during breakfast, lunch or dinner). This is because:
3. Can I stir-fry, deep-fry or cook with the oil?
Unrefined oil should not be used for cooking because heat damages the properties of the oil and you will lose all the wonderful benefits.
4. Can Udo’s Oil only used in cold food? I don’t like cold food!
As long as it is not added in during cooking or under direct heat, Udo’s Oil can be mixed into any food or beverages with temperature (cold or hot) that is ready to consume. (For example, soup that is serve in a bowl).
5. I dislike the taste after mixing Udo’s Oil in my food. Can I drink it neat right after meal?
Oil is best digested and absorbed when consumed together with food because it triggers the release of bile acid that is needed to emulsify and digest oil. If you prefer to take it separately, use it after your meal. Please do not consume oil on empty stomach, it may cause abdominal discomfort due to maldigestion of oil as a result of the lack of bile acid.
6. My children don’t like the taste when Udo’s Oil is mixed in their meal. Fortunately they can accept it with milk. But they drink milk only once in the morning and can’t meet the daily serving. What can I do?
You can also mix Udo’s Oil in other beverages/drinks to be taken throughout the day. For example: yogurt drinks, soy milk, fresh fruit juices, oatmeal, soup, etc.
7. To prevent missed serving, can I take all the servings at 1 time? Why?
We do not encourage to do so. When more oil is taken than the liver can handle at any one time, it is common for people to feel tired, heavy, or nausea. This is true for all oils, not just Udo’s Oil. This is why we recommend to mix the oil with food, and to spread the course throughout the day.
8. Why is the expiry date of Udo’s Oil so short?
Udo’s Oil is an unrefined, fresh oil. Fresh oil is perishable. We do not take out the health benefits through refining, bleaching and deodorizing processes. If you want the oil that has the essential fatty acid in it, and it is good for health, you need to refrigerate it. Bear in mind that fresh food is perishable, hence it has a shorter shelf life than processed food that already lost their health benefits.
9. How long can I store the Udo’s Oil?
10. Why does Udo’s Oil need to be refrigerated?
The single most sensitive molecules in nutrition are Omega 3 and Omega 6 molecules. They are easily damaged by light, heat and oxygen. Refrigeration keeps the freshness longer and slows down the rate of deterioration.
11. What is the differences between Udo's Oil and Fish Oil?
Udo’s Oil is foundation oil, fish oil is supplement oil. Foundation is our food and is consumed in larger amount than supplement. A supplement is supposed to supplement our diet but not to replace the food. We are supposed to eat the best food we can and then supplement whatever that is not enough from our diet.
Human generally need about 25-30% of our calories from fats and our major fat source should come from foundation oil and NOT supplemental oil. Udo’s Oil is a food foundation, it is taken in large amount, about 30g to 60g per day (every 30ml of Udo’s Oil provides 19g of essential fatty acids).
Fish Oil is a supplement, it is only an add on. 1 to 3 capsule of fish oils only supply less than 3g of Omega 3 (DHA + EPA) per day. Foundation oil contains the parent essential fatty acids, such as ALA (omega 3) and LA (omega 6) which can be further converted to omega 3 and omega 6 derivatives, whereas supplements like Fish Oil only contains the omega 3 derivatives.
12. Udo’s Oil is expensive!
From the production, raw materials are carefully selected from certified organic cultivation. To maximize the stability, nutritional value and freshness, the seeds are pressed with gentle mechanical pressing method (without refining, bleaching and deodorizing) in a low heat, light and oxygen-free environment. Then, it is filtered and filled into nitrogen flushed (absence of oxygen) amber glass bottle and packed in cartons (extra protecting from light). It is refrigerated all the time from manufacturing, storage, shipping, throughout the distribution chain, until it reaches your favourite pharmacy or retailers.
13. I always eat out and don't have the opportunity to take the oil.
If we are going to eat out, we can fill the Udo’s Oil in a small glass bottle and bring out (to use within 4 hours). When there's a will there's a way!
14. How does EFAs help in weight management?
Overeating, imbalanced diet and sedentary lifestyle are the main cause of obesity. In terms of diet, over-consumption of carbohydrate will contribute to fat accumulation in the body because excessive carbohydrate will turn on fat production and turn off fat burning. Eating too much carbohydrate also tends to lead to craving, hence overeating.
Fats does not lead to craving, blood sugar and insulin fluctuation like carbohydrate does. In contrast, consuming oils give you satiety. Therefore, switching fuel source from carbohydrate to undamaged oils helps to lose weight. Better weight management could be achieved when you use Omega 3 because it actively turns on fat burning and turns off fat production, but you need to cut down on carbohydrate intake. Get carbohydrates from vegetables, and cut down on refined grains, starchy food and sugars.
To get sufficient EFAs (Essential fatty acids) Omega 3 and 6, mix Udo’s Oil in meals. Besides, exercise regularly is also important for long term weight management!
15. Does EFAs help to improve memory?
60% of brain weight is fat, and about 33.3% of the brain fat is Omega 3 & 6 (EFAs). Omega 3 & 6 is absolutely integral to the proper functioning of every cell in your body, especially the brain and nerve cells. These essential fatty acids (EFAs) are credited to increase the level of “memory boosting” chemical acetylcholine in our brain.
16. Can pregnant women and children consume EFAs?
As young as before a child is born, foetus in pregnant mother absorbs essential fatty acids (EFAs) from mother (baby requires EFAs for brain and vision development, therefore they get EFAs from the mother while mother gets EFAs from her diet). Therefore, pregnant mother, nursing mother, and infant can all consume at the recommended serving size. (For serving suggestion, please refer to Question 1)
For breastfed infant, mother can consume based on her total weight together with the baby’s weight. For formula fed infant or child who starts on solid food, mix the oil in the child’s food.