Dear Dr Sears,
Q: My husband is Russian and LOVES sunflower seeds. He eats them every night (he refers to it as his "therapy") as it is a very common thing among Russian families. But he eats a very large pile of them (about four times the suggested serving on the package), which contains a lot of fat. My questions are: Is the type of fat in the seeds monounsaturated or is it considered bad fat? I know that moderation is the key to any food, but besides consuming a large amount of calories before bed, he works out, is not overweight and has a very physically demanding job as a figure skating coach. Is he potentially doing any damage?
Sincerely, Noelle K.
A: An important aspect in following the Zone is to reduce your intake of omega-6 fats. An imbalance of omega-6 to omega-3 can raise the risk factors associated with chronic disease. Sunflower seeds contain about 80 percent polyunsaturated omega-6 fats. Habits are hard to change; therefore, to tip the omega 6:3 to ratio in your husband’s favor we suggest supplementing with between four to eight capsules of OmegaRx daily and following the Zone diet.
To obtain a true reading of his blood, consider the AA/EPA ratio test.