Bill Lands on Caloric and Omega Balance for Health

Bill Lands is out with a new booklet.

It’s called – Recipe Repairs: How to Do It and Why We Need It.

Lands wants to help people in Morgan County live a more healthful life.

It’s a two step process.

One step is caloric balance – burn more calories than you eat.

The second step is an balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.

“If you eat 2000 calories a day and only expend 1500 a day, your body accumulates those extra calories as fat,” Lands told Russell Mokhiber, host of This Week in Morgan County.

“That’s the beginning of a problem. The fat predisposes you to a whole series of other chronic disorders that would be nice to avoid. The idea is – try to burn all the calories that you eat. And once in a while, try to burn more calories than you eat.”

Lands is a world renowned expert on the balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6 high unsaturated fatty acids (HUFAs). Both are essential fatty acids, but Lands wants his neighbors to “eat the 3 and nix the 6.”

In the United States, because of our processed diets, there is a HUFA imbalance with more six and less three.

Other cultures, like the Japanese, the Mediterranean and the Inuit, have a better balance – that’s primarily because of more fish in their diet.

“In the United States, our diets are now out of balance,” Lands said. “Seafood is the great way to bring it back into balance — tuna, sardines, herring, mackerel — all of those are good Omega 3 foods. The simplest way to a good balance is to start eating seafood. If there is more 6 than 3, you have a negative number. If you eat a lot of plus food like seafood, spinach, broccoli, greens and beans, you will have a better balance.”

“The booklet lets you get at the information,” Lands said.

You can get Recipe Repairs from the Morgan Messenger, the Morgan County Library, the West Virginia Extension Office – or online at

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