The importance of a variety in our parrot food

posted by Gudrun @ 16:50 PM
October 22, 2014

When it comes to a healthy diet the need of a parrots food is not that much different from humans. Some people think, if something is good, more of it is better. But a healthy diet consists of a variety eaten in moderation. This variety doesn’t have to be in one meal, but can be food consumer over several days. When we look at the seasons it can go over month.

Our and our parrot’s food does not only nourish our body, it has many more functions. In consuming regularly different foods we can help the body to break them down, assimilate and absorb nutrition. Here are just a few examples: Enzymes are very important for digestion. So, some pineapple, papaya or apple eaten on a regular base will support that part of assimilation. Bitter foods, like dandelion, arugula, nasturtiums, etc will help the body break down fats. Sour foods, like lemons, grapefruit, (and yes) apples help to break down carbohydrates. Cayenne pepper and 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.

This is just one reason why I believe no processed food (pellets) can cover the complete dietary need of a parrot. 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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