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British zoo bans bananas for monkeys: It’s like ‘giving them cake’
British zoo workers banned monkeys from eating bananas, calling the fruit too sweet, too sugary and a poor diet addition.
“People usually try to improve their diet by eating more fruit, but fruit cultivated for humans is much higher in sugar and much lower in protein and fiber than most wild fruit because we like our fruit to be sweet and juicy.”
One of the biggest problems with the bananas is they harm monkey teeth, Ms. Plowman said. The fruit also causes gastrointestinal problems, and contribute to serious health conditions, like diabetes, NBC reported.
Instead of bananas, the monkeys are given leafy, green vegetables, zoo officials said. One exception: Sick monkeys get the fruit with their medicine, NBC reported.
“Putting [meds] in a piece of banana works really well, as it’s such a treat now,” Ms. Plowman said, in the report.
Zoo officials say the reduction in bananas has led to a calmer monkey cage atmosphere, too.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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