This is a science-based eating plan for life, not just a short-term restrictive diet, written by Artemis Simopoulos, MD, FACN, founder and president of the Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health.
The plan is based on the centuries-old traditional diet of Crete, which contains about four times more omega-3 fat than omega-6 fat. Our modern diet contains too much omega-6 fat and not enough omega-3 fat. This imbalance of essential fatty acids in our modern diet has been linked to the prevalence of our modern diseases - heart disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases, allergies, diabetes and depression. Many scientific studies are cited to support these claims, and footnotes are given for these studies for those who want further information. There are lists of suggested reading, for the lay readers and for medical professionals.
The Omega Diet provides:
*seven simple dietary guidelines (not rigid rules) for optimal physical and mental health
* a concise guide to the foods you need to restore your body's nutritional balance
* a diet plan that lets you eat fat as you lose fat
* fifty recipes that are quick and easy to prepare
* a comprehensive three-week menu, for those who need a structured program to help you get started
originally published in 1998 as hardcover edition, under the title The Omega Plan: The Medically Proven Diet That Restores Your Body's Essential Nutritional Balance