The Omega Diet by Artemis Simopoulos & Jo Robinson


Published in 1998, The Omega Diet grew out of the realization by Artemis Simopoulos that the food being widely consumed in the United States was nutritionally very different from the food she had grown up with on the family farm in her native Greece.

Subject Matter

Fatty acids are covered in part one of the book, without going too deeply into the biochemistry or physiology. An introduction to eicosanoids is provided.

Part two is concerned with common degenerative diseases and the mechanisms that are thought to cause them. In addition to the impact of omega 3 on these conditions, other important nutritional factors are covered, such as the glycemic index value of various foods and its health implications.

Part 3, the largest section of the book, presents the diet itself, starting off with seven straightforward guidelines and progressing through daily diet specifications to the actual recipes.


Although the author made no reference to chia seeds or sacha inchi seed oil in the book, she did subsequently write the forward to the excellent book CHIA, written by Ayerza and Coates (see review on this site).

Data Highlights

Data is effectively presented during the first parts of the book in the form of a small number of simple charts, illustrating such themes as The Fatty Acid Content of Common Fats and Oils.


This book is very accessible and should be considered worthwhile reading for anyone interested in the impact of nutrition on their health.


The book presents important scientific information in a way that is easy to understand. It also provides a viable blueprint for improving health through diet. It is well written and eminently practical and should thus have a wide appeal.

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