Book Review: The Omega Fatty Acids Blend

The Omega Acids Fatty Blend, by Monika Griessenberger

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Books Go Social.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

The author really wants you, dear reader, to eat more omega acids–of which there are apparently quite a few–especially through plant sources.  This book is mercifully short so it does not try the patience of the reader too much, but when a book depends on its brevity to avoid causing offense there are clearly some problems.  Some of the problems of this book relate to genre, as this book follows a similar approach that many longer and sometimes better books on health and nutrition take [1] in that the author presents herself as an expert trying to get the reader to change their eating habits and, in this case, eat some really weird stuff.  As the author comes from the approach of endorsing raw & vegan/vegetarian food, the author urge the reader to avoid eating too many of the meat-based (usually fish-based) sources of the various mostly odd-numbered Omega fatty acids like Omega 3, 5, 6, 7, and 9, this means eating the oils of odd plants, some of which I must admit I have never heard of.

The contents of this book are pretty rudimentary.  Unfortunately, the author appears not to have looked at the output of whatever conversion software turned her short nutrition pamphlet.  This book is formatted terribly, with word wrap working its usual horrors to make a page look like garbage.  This should be a lesson to would-be self-published writers, and that is to make sure that when one is converting one’s writing to another format, to make sure to disable word wrap first so that the texts can be formatted properly.  It is hard for a reader–especially a reader who reads a great many books–to take a writer seriously when the page looks like it was written by someone whose word processing skills are rudimentary at best.  That is not even getting into the content of the book, which is at least passable.  It would have been better had the author cited some sources that would give her nutrition claims a bit more credibility.  When she talked about how people who ate too much of some obscure hipster plant-based oil had their urine turn red, I was wondering if she would talk about the kidney damage people could suffer from trying her diet, but alas, that was not the case.

What we have here, therefore, is a terribly formatted book that seeks to promote some trendy but dubious nutritional fads without a great deal of sources that would have more credibility than the author.  We may honor the author’s intentions to encourage better nutrition on the part of readers and we may even appreciate that she is both honest about her own dietary preferences but also not interested in causing offense to meat eaters who eschew the raw food approach.  Likewise, the author does a good job in trying to familiarize readers with various nutrients that may not be present in our diets.  So it is not as if this book has nothing to offer.  Still, this book resembles a sales pitch more than it does a book with any sort of authority.  At best, this book is well-intentioned infotainment that is selling something that I am not interested in buying.  Fortunately, this book is formatted in such a clumsy manner that most of the offense that would normally come from such an effort is replaced by a sense of pity that the author wants to write a book to show herself an expert but does such a terrible job at making the book look good enough to appeal to anyone.

[1] See, for example:

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