One of the biggest conceptions is that bananas are good for monkeys. Not only are bananas not part of monkeys’ staple diet, as they consume other foods like insects, nuts, and seeds, but bananas in fact can also cause them more harm than good. This is why some zoos across the globe have also banned bananas from monkey’s diets.
Why monkeys should avoid bananas:
(Particularly those cultivated by humans)
- High sugar and calorie content (particularly in bananas grown for human consumption, which are sweeter than those available in the wild). Giving this fruit to monkeys is similar to giving cake to humans.
- Sugar concentration may cause teeth rotting
- May contain pesticides, disturbing the digestive system
- Lower in protein and fibre
What do monkeys actually eat?