Wednesday, May 7, 2008

What defines "healthy" companion bird food?

Greetings Feathered Friends, the following article is from BirD-E Blog on Healthy Bird Food. Mom and I are very excitied to be able to share Bird-Elicious Foods with you through our websites!

What defines "healthy" companion bird food??

Is it that the bird actually eats the food? Is it that the "food" contains all of the necessary nutrients according to pre-defined, scientific nutritional standards? Even IF the nutrients are synthetic, in other words, produced in a laboratory? Is it that the "food" contains corn, wheat and/or soy as the primary ingredients? Is it that the food is pellet-ized or left in its original form? Is it that the "food" contains a few number of ingredients or a large variety?

Research is still out to debate all of the above. But pure and simply, "healthy companion bird food" would contain a very large variety of whole-food ingredients, as much in their original form, as found in nature, as possible. The "food" would contain such a large variety of ingredients that the synthetic nutrients would not be necessary. The "food" would be so close to what the bird would find in the wild that it has a recognizable form, taste, smell and look. It would be so close to natural that the ingredients, left as undisturbed as possible, would not be powederized and then mechanically shaped by equipment that imparts metal toxicity to the wet food before high heat extrusion. Powdered ingredients loose almost all of their nutritional properties. The tiny particles allow for "leaching out" of the macro-nutrients as well as the micro-nutrients. High heat destroys much of the digestive enzymes and many of the vitamins. The only nutrients that have any chance to remain in-tact are the minerals and a few of the heat resisitant vitamins.

Also, look for bird food that contains mostly organic ingredients with no preservatives. Science is learning that organic foods are higher in nutrition and taste better too! The lack of preservatives decreases the amount of "toxin acitivity" in the living organism that ingests the food. The lack of synthetic nutrients such as vitamins and supplements, in whole-food, organic and naturallly wild-crafted foods, may actually contribute to a longer life span. Research is indicating that synthetic nutrients may not be reliable in aborsption or metobolism. Some synthetic nutrients may overload in the system, while some may not contribute enough real nutrients that have natural integrity, causing an imbalance in overall nutrition.

Next time you look for "healthy companion bird food", try a food, albeit a little more expensive, that insures quality nutrition with less chemicals, less distortion of original ingredients and contains a large variety of whole-food ingredients. A little pricier up front, but maybe less trips to the vet in the long run!

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