That's bananas! British zoo bans monkeys from having the yellow fruit

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:12 PM ET

A British zoo has banned bananas for monkeys because the fruit is cultivated for humans and has a higher sugar content than those found in the wild.

"Fruit cultivated for humans is much higher in sugar and much lower in protein and fibre than most wild fruit because we like our fruit to be so sweet and juicy. Giving this fruit to animals is equivalent to giving them cake and chocolate," Paignton Zoo animal nutrition expert Amy Plowman said in a press release.

Plowman said bananas for human consumption have more sugar which can lead to dental issues as well as diabetes and gastrointestinal problems.

She said the bananas were slowly cut from the monkeys' diet to wean them off the fruit. Now the monkeys are fed a diet with lots of leafy green vegetables because they're high in protein, fibre and lots of vitamins and minerals.


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