Did You Know?

Monkeys shouldn’t eat bananas.

If you happen to be around a monkey, you might be inclined to feed it a banana. But the fact is, bananas contain far too much sugar for monkeys to handle. “Giving this fruit to animals is equivalent to giving them cake and chocolate,” according to Dr. Amy Plowman, head of conservation and advocacy at the Paignton Zoo in Devon, U.K. “Compared to the food they would eat in the wild, bananas … have lots of calories and contain much more sugar that’s bad for their teeth and can lead to diabetes and similar conditions. It can also cause gastrointestinal problems as their stomachs are mostly adapted to eating fibrous foods with very low digestibility.”

Slide 2 of 126: If you happen to be around a monkey, you might be inclined to feed it a banana. But the fact is, bananas contain far too much sugar for monkeys to handle. "Giving this fruit to animals is equivalent to giving them cake and chocolate," according to Dr. Amy Plowman, head of conservation and advocacy at the Paignton Zoo in Devon, U.K. "Compared to the food they would eat in the wild, bananas … have lots of calories and contain much more sugar that's bad for their teeth and can lead to diabetes and similar conditions. It can also cause gastrointestinal problems as their stomachs are mostly adapted to eating fibrous foods with very low digestibility." The more you know! And for more awesome animal information, check out these 50 Animal Facts That Will Change the Way You View the Animal Kingdom.

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