Did you know that pineapple originally came from South America? The savory fruit that most people love so dearly is often found on our table. But, does that mean that you can also feed it to your parrot? Is it safe for the bird? After all, they are full of various nutritional elements and antioxidants that are safe even for children to consume.
Your concern is highly appropriate as you never know what kinds of foods may be toxic to a bird. Especially when you are a novice owner. Thus, you’ll have to check everything you offer. Besides, pineapples for many are considered an exotic fruit! But your parrot is also an exotic animal if you came from Europe, North America, or Northern Asia. So, is it safe?
Totally! Pineapples are safe for parrots to eat! They offer the necessary nutrients and can easily replace other sugar-rich fruit if your parrot becomes addicted. However, do not overfeed your parrot pineapple as they have their own minor drawbacks.
In this article, I’d like to discuss all the sides of feeding your parrot pineapple, both positive and negative.
What Are Pineapple Health Benefits for Parrots?
And we’ll start with the positive sides of pineapples and what beneficial nutrients they offer. Because this fruit is naturally rich in lots of elements necessary for all animals, including parrots.
When talking about beneficial nutrients in products, most people rarely think about antioxidants. However, antioxidants serve as essential elements that fight off aging. You want your parrot to be healthy and beside you as long as possible, right?
Among the effects of antioxidants are the following:
- slowing down aging
- protecting cells, protein, and DNA
- reducing oxidative stress
The particular antioxidants found in pineapples are flavonoids and phenolic acids. The bounds elements result in prolonged beneficial effects to your parrot. They offer a dose of long-lasting results.
Enzymes found in pineapple serve as excellent gestation boosters. They help in the following way – the mentioned enzymes break down proteins into amino acids. As you probably know, the latter are the building blocks that participate in many processes of our daily body maintenance. The quicker the molecules are broken down, the easier it is for the digestion system to process them.
As a bonus, a healthy digestive system also means that all the nutrients get absorbed better! Thus, pineapples give way to all other foods to positively affect your body.
Now, combine the abovementioned benefits, plus the set of the following
- vitamin C
- vitamin B
- vitamins E and K to a lesser extent
As a result, you get a mic of highly effective vitamins and elements for the healthy functioning of your parrot. Combined, they boost the immunity of the bird!
Can Parrots Eat Pineapple Skin Safely?
Unlike people, parrots do eat pineapple skin. Moreover, they should be consuming it alongside the juicy inside parts to get all the benefits of the fruit. Pineapple skins are healthy for a parrot. If you cut them before feeding your bird, you miss lots of nutrients that would be used to keep it healthy instead.
Pineapple skin is an excellent source of nutrients. However, there are the most important benefits you can get for your parrot.
- Improved vision. Have you heard of beta carotene that is so essential for eye health? You’ve probably heard of it in terms of human vision and the ways to maintain its health. As with most other elements, parrots benefit from the same elements as people! Thus, beta carotene, contained mostly in pineapple skin, will show you incredible results in maintaining the perfect vision for your bird. In addition, vitamin C, also found in pineapple skin, will help fight off eye diseases and inflammation.
- Healthier bones. The key to maintaining the bone health of your parrot is manganese. This element is found in pineapple skin and pulp. If you throw away the skins, you won’t get all the bone tissue benefits a pineapple offers. Strong bones are essential for a bird at any age. In youth when they grow and strengthen all the way to the “senior” years when bones are so fragile.
- Metabolism and blood pressure. To a lesser extent, manganese helps in the regulation of blood pressure and sugar levels. They result in better mental and physical states. In addition, pineapple skin improves metabolism rates that fight off an increase in weight and fat of a parrot.
Can Parrots Eat Pineapple Core Safely?
Yes, pineapple core is safe for parrots, just as the skin is. The core, the pulp, the skin, and everything in-between is totally safe for you and your parrot to consume. So, if you are a fan of pineapple in all dishes and always have some around, be generous and share a bit of this tropical fruit with your bird!
Overall, pineapple has a bunch of universe nutrients in all its parts, but some can be found in larger quantities in specific parts. For example, a pineapple core has two beneficial points in comparison with its other parts:
- Fiber. While various vitamins get all the rage, such an essential component as fibers gets neglected by many owners. I hope you are not one of them! And if you are, it’s the right time to start adding fibers to your pet’s diet. Pineapple is one such product. Among the advantages of fibers for parrots is increased immunity against a variety of diseases, cancer prevention, and balanced work of the digestive system. The biggest influence is the latter.
- Vitamin C. Yes, the whole pineapple is full of this vitamin, but the core is more so! Vitamin C is one of the most potent antioxidants found in fruit. Thus, coupled with the flavonoids that I’ve mentioned before, you can expect marvelous results in favor of your immune system and heart functioning. And don’t forget the overall anti-aging benefits of antioxidants.
Can Parrots Drink Pineapple Juice Safely?
If you like pineapples, chances are you also like drinking pineapple juice. And when you know that your bird finds the fruit tasty as well, your curiosity will tell you to pour a shot for the bird as well. But before you do that, take a minute and check the following information. It is crucial for the health of your bird.
A parrot can drink pineapple juice safely. However, be mindful that it only concerns a 100% natural juice without added sugars.
Animals can tolerate and even benefit from the natural sugars in fruit, but the processed sugar that we consume is harmful to them. Unfortunately, often, we don’t even know that certain foods that we buy contain sugar. This is the typical case of juices. It’s also a pressing issue for raisins that I’ve mentioned before in the article Can Parrots Eat Raisins.
If you are into healthy dieting, you know that store juices are a poor choice of a drink. They are safe only when they are 100% natural. And while you can drink a bit of sweetened juice and be alright, your parrot will suffer from being overweight and, in some cases, diabetes.
Thus, my suggestion to you is to make pineapple juice at home from the whole fruit. And do not pour concentrated juice! Instead, dilute it in water and give it to the bird. AN infused fruit water will both refresh your pet and offer it a tasty treat.
Plus, store juices have many preservatives that are never beneficial to a bird, more often even harmful.
Now, if you’ve already given your parrot some store pineapple juice, look for the following symptoms to know that it’s going through a sugar rush and the subsequent sugar low:
- moody, snappy behavior
- destructive tendencies
- a rapid peak and drop in energy
These are the signs that you’ve given it either too much good pineapple juice or the wrong kind. If you notice these symptoms, contact your vet and describe the problem. Enlist everything your parrots have eaten that day, the longevity of the symptoms, and answer all their questions.
Overall, I recommend moderation in all fruit! Your parrot can eat pineapple and other sweet delicacies, but the portions should be small and rare.