When it comes to a healthy diet, the needs of parrots are not that much different from the needs of us humans. However, some people think, “if something is good, more of it is better.”
That's not always the case. In reality, a healthy diet for both ourselves and our companions consists of a variety of foods eaten in moderation. This variety can extend past just one meal, and can be food consumed over several days or sometimes over a month.
The food that we eat, and that our parrots eat, has many qualities in addition to just nourishment. Regularly consuming a variety of different foods can help the body break down those foods, assimilate and absorb nutrition.
Take these examples: enzymes are extremely important for digestion. So, pineapple, papaya or apple eaten on a regular basis will support that part of assimilation. Bitter foods, like dandelion, arugula, and nasturtiums, 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 beta carotene.
This is why we believe no pellet can cover the complete dietary need of a parrot. Go for a variety of foods for your parrot, including pellets, and you will be on the right path toward a healthy, wholesome diet. You might even give it a try, also.
What do you think?