Zoo Says Fruit Has Become Too Sugary for Animals
The head vet at the Melbourne Zoo has cut fruit from animals’ diets after finding the formerly healthy snack has been selectively bred to be too sweet. Plums, for example, have almost doubled in soluble sugar in the last 20 years, according to a food scientist. Zookeepers found that animals were picking out the sweetest fruit in their meals and eating less healthy fare, leaving them fatter and rotting their teeth. Now primates are no longer allowed bananas, and all animals are having fruit replaced with leafy green vegetables.