What's in Your Diet?

April 29, 2018


Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for good health diet most Americans are deficient in Omega 3s because of their diet. Tile SAD (Standard American Diet) is deficient in Omega 3s. This is a major health concern and may be responsible for the high incidence of heart disease, strokes, cancer, and other inflammatory diseases in western



Omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory. Omega 6 fatty acids are inflammatory. The average American eating the SAD diet most likely has an inverse ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids. Instead of a 1:1 ratio or even greater of Omega 3 to Omega 6, the ratio may be 8:1 or even 30:1 of Omega 6 to Omega 3. Diets with a!h inverse ratio such

as this are inflammatory and predispose to disease. Unfortunately, Omega 6 fatty acids are abundant in the SAD diet and your body can produce only limited amounts of Omega 3. In order to improve this situation, you must limit your Omega 6 intake and you must supplement your Omega 3 intake. 


Getting back into balance is easier said than done because we are drowning in Omega 6 fatty acids. They are found everywhere. They are in almost all snack foods, baked goods, cereals, eggs, nuts, poultry, and most vegetable oils such as palm, canola, soy, sunflower, and corn oil. This list includes many of the foods that we eat daily. You can understand why most of us have such high levels of Omega 6 fatty acids and why our society is plagued by heart disease and inflammatory conditions.

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Dr. Sanford L. Severin

Dr. Todd D. Severin

San Ramon, CA 94582 USA


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