Why a variety of foods in necessary for parrots

posted by Gudrun @ 16:07 PM
June 30, 2010

parrot food

 

In many ways parrot food is not that much different from human food, when it comes to a healthy diet. Some people think, if something is good, more of it is better. But a healthy diet consists of a variety eaten in moderation.

Consuming regularly different foods we can help the body to break them down and assimilate and absorb the nutrition.

Enzymes are very important for digestion. So, some pineapple, papaya or apple on a regular base will support that part of assimilation. Bitter foods, like dandelion, arugola, nasturtiums, etc will help the body breaking down fats. Sour foods, like lemons, grapefruit, (and yes) apples help to break down carbohydrates. Cayenne pepper and/or ginger stimulate the production of hydrochloric acid to break down food and make it easier to get the nutrition. Coconut or olive oil help the body to absorb more of beta carotene.

These are just some samples to show how a diet with great variety can help absorb the nutrition a body needs. Coming from a background where this kind of a diet is normal, I apply it to the way I feed my birds.


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