We’ve been running stories recently in Food for Thought on ensuring our pets eat the right stuff too, i.e., a species-appropriate diet. In this month’s GI News we include two small Swedish studies that found obesity and diabetes in cats was associated with eating predominantly dry food. That’s not what cats evolved to tuck into. In the wild, these solitary hunters were obligate carnivores which is what made them indispensable on our farms and ships as pest controllers. Trim, Matthew Flinders’ beloved cat, was renowned for dashing after prey through thick and thin like a man of war and being indefatigable in the hold and bread room protecting the ship’s stores reports GI News editor Philippa Sandall, who has just published Seafurrers, a book on ships’ cats with a not insignificant section devoted to their hunting prowess and species-appropriate dietary habits.
GI News is published by the University of Sydney, School of Life and Environmental Sciences and the Charles Perkins Centre. Our goal is to help people choose the high-quality carbs that are digested at a rate that our bodies can comfortably accommodate and to share the latest scientific findings on food and diet with a particular focus on carbohydrates, dietary fibres, blood glucose and the glycemic index.
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