ARTIFICIAL FOOD COLORINGIN PARROT DIETS IS A BIG NO-NO!
by Sally Blanchard
I remember reading a discussion on the Internet about which pelleted diets were the best ones. In a short time, the topic degenerated into a discussion in which participants were discussing the colors in various pellets. One woman said that since her bird like the purple ones best they were probably the best. Of course, this statement failed my logic test. To be blunt, with all of the publicity and information about how bad food with artificial colors is, I can't believe that people trust the manufacturers and think that they are doing the right thing by feeding pelleted diets with artificial food coloring - especially as a total or near-total diet.
For years I have seen parrots who are having health problems on these diets. One man called me who was trying to make a difficult decision to euthanize his 12-year-old cockatoo. The cockatoo's mutilation had become so bad that she had reached back and ripped off two of her toes. The breeder was a Pretty Bird distributor and had told the man to feed it as a total diet and nothing else. He believed her. This is a brand I would NEVER use or recommend because of its ingredients. To this was a clear example of greed (or nutritional ignorance) over the welfare of the birds she bred.Most pelleted diets are a sort of unnatural chemical soup. Most have Menadione which is banned even here in the U.S. in human food. Do I totally trust the pet industry when it comes to feeding my beloved animals (parrots, dogs, cats)? Hell no! I have educated myself and am very selective. Should you trust the pet industry? That is up to you but if you really love your animals, READ THE LABELS and question what is in the food before you feed it. There are many other articles on Parrot Nutrition on this website with links at the bottom of this article.
More On Artificial Food ColoringsArtificial food coloring and dyes are derived from petroleum—the same petroleum used to make gasoline, asphalt, and tar. The three most widely used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens - chemicals that cause cancer, says CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest). Another dye, Red 3, has been acknowledged for years by the Food and Drug Administration to be a carcinogen, yet is still in the food supply.” Although it should be obvious that humans shouldn’t be consuming this stuff, we’ll list the health risks nonetheless: brain cancer, hyperactivity in children, and nerve-cell deterioration have all been linked to its consumption. Banned in: France, Finland, Norway, the UK, and Austria Why are we feeding this to our beloved parrots!!??!!
Food dyes are found in: Pretty much everything processed and non-organic that does not get its color from real fruits, vegetables, spices or herbs. If are using a parrot pellet or other pellet for your other pets that are colored and it states artificial food coloring in the ingredients - STOP FEEDING IT! YOU ARE HARMING YOUR COMPANION ANIMALS! Even if a pellet says it has natural food coloring, I wouldn't trust it because the word "natural" really has no meaning in the food industry at this time.
Parrots Made E-Z: Stuff You Need to Know about Nutrition and a Healthy Parrot Diet has valuable information and is available on my ETSY page under SB's Publications! https://companionparrot.patternbyetsy.comThe following is from an online article called "8 ‘Foods’ Americans Eat that are Banned in Other Countries". http://www.thealternativedaily.com/8-foods-americans-eat-b…/