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Last Updated: August 14, 2020

It is only natural we sometimes sit back and reflect on the so many weird and exciting things that happen around us. For example, ever wondered why dogs don’t eat veggies, or still, why cows spend the better part of the afternoon chewing? Today I will stick to the famous old primates – the monkeys. Ever wondered why monkeys love bananas? Forget about the innuendos in movies and television stereotypes, even in the wild, monkeys will go an extra mile to binge on that sweet banana. But why?

monkeys and bananas
Monkeys and bananas are inseparable. Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay

1.   Monkeys Love Bananas Because they are Greedy

Yes, you read it right. Monkeys are greedy and are on the lookout for food types that are easy to chew and swallow. Bananas are soft, easy to chew, and of course easy to swallow. Monkeys live in fear of other primates grabbing their meal because peers do not always have the courtesy to first ask.

It is common for monkeys to always grab whatever other primates are eating. They are always sneaking around waiting for a loose end of a banana! Unless of course, it is the baby monkey that needs to be fed. The very greedy ones will even eat bananas without removing the peels. Talk about having your cake and eating it too.

Monkeys fighting for one banana in Thailand, because of Covid 19

If you have also been keen on their eating habits, you will also notice monkeys are always in a hurry to eat and on the lookout for uninvited guests.


2. Bananas are Great for Glucose

Monkeys are busy primates and on a normal day, will cover great distances in the hunt for food, flinging between trees, and fighting each other. These take a toll on their energy levels, and just like humans, they are always looking for ways to replenish lost glucose. Their brains, muscles, and heart need additional energy to continue working.

In addition, they will use considerable energy to coo, hoot, and grunt all day, and will need a bite when they get to sit down.

Bananas are rich in relevant sugars necessary to replace the lost energy and are fantastic for boosting memory and the mood, all of which are important for life inside the jungle.

monkeys playtime
Monkeys love to play. Photo by vishnudeep dixit from Pexels

3. Monkeys Have Taste Buds

Yes, monkeys too have a sense of taste and want to explore whatever good is in the offering. They are omnivorous just like humans and will enjoy a vast variety of foods. Fruits happen to be top of the list but they will eat just anything – cabbages, seeds, insects, and even tree barks and twigs when the going gets tough.

baby monkey eating
Baby monkey eating a vegetable. Photo by Jimmy Chan from Pexels

Bananas happen to be a special treat because of the sweet taste and the aromatic flavor, absent in many other fruits.


A Word of Caution

Whereas monkeys love bananas it is also true bananas do not usually grow naturally in the wild, which is the habitat of monkeys. This makes the fruit kind of foreign to them and should be served sparingly to some primate species.

Chimpanzees and gorillas develop diabetes and other health complications when fed too many bananas!

Also true, the bananas grown in our farms are by-products of manipulation in the labs and therefore contaminated with unpleasant ingredients. Avoid flinging too many hybrid bananas in the zoos and other parks!


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