Cheers for Chia

Chia seeds “are one of the richest sources of the plant form of omega-3 called ALA. They are also big on fibre. In fact, at 37% they are an outstanding source of fibre, in particular of soluble fibre” says Foodwatch nutritionist Catherine Saxelby. They can also promote weight loss in overweight and obese people with type 2 diabetes reports GI Labs Dr Alexandra Jenkins in a new study. Check out the Good Carbs Food Fact File for chia (spoiler alert: they get five stars). “© GI News, University of Sydney”. Read more.

Whole grains versus refined

Whole grains, as opposed to refined grains, provide important sources of many essential minerals and vitamins, dietary fiber, and phytochemicals which together or alone may offer health benefits. “© GI News, University of Sydney”. Read more.


The western lifestyle, characterized by growing sedentariness and an increasingly high-calorie diet rich in industrially refined foods and foods of animal origin, and poor in vegetables, legumes and whole grains, contributes to most of the chronic diseases afflicting populations. Western diseases: cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers, degenerative eye diseases (cataracts, glaucoma, retinopathies), steatosis and cirrhosis of the liver, senile dementias, and a number of risk conditions such as abdominal obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, osteoporosis, insulin resistance.