Recently at media presentation, myself, Celeb Chef Jenny Morris and expert Nutritionist, Sally-Ann Creed, discussed the modern trends relating to wholesome and healthy cooking.

Sally-Ann Creed eluded to the fact that we, as humans, daily consume an incredible quantity of sugars, without even knowing it! This not because we are eating huge quantities of sugar itself, but because of the refined carbs that have become a staple part of our diets.

Refined carbs convert very aggressively into sugars. The resultant affect is diabetes, which is plaguing our communities world-wide.

Diabetes in cats and dogs is very prevalent, and is increasing at a staggering rate. This all due to the consumption of high carb kibble diets:

“Every time a pet trustingly eats another bowl of high sugar pet food, he is being brought that much closer to diabetes, hypoglycemia, overweight, nervousness, cataracts, allergy and death.” Dr. R.Geoffrey Broderick DVM.

In dealing with diabetes one has to be vigilant; ensure your pet’s diet contains very little refined carbs. Even your commercial doggy treat/biscuit is unacceptable, as they all contain corn and wheat. Rather feed liver biltong or healthy crunchy veggies like carrots as treats.

Generally one should stay away from ingredients that have a high GI rating. All kibble/pellets are mainly carbs and which will convert into sugars; this exacerbates the problem. Even the wise person who is feeding a wholesome natural diet should refrain from using high GI veggies like butternut and sweet-potato.

Supplementation is also essential – omega 3 fish oils and wholesome pro-biotics. Apple cider vinegar would also be beneficial in balancing Ph levels.

“A growing number of vets state that processed pet food is the main cause of illness and premature death in the modern dog and cat. In December 1995, the British Journal of Small Animal Practice published a paper contending that processed pet food suppresses the immune system and leads to liver, kidney, heart and other diseases. This research, initially conducted by Dr. Tom Lonsdale, was researched further by the Australian Veterinary Association and proven to be correct” From the British Journal of Small Animal Practice.