New offerings from around the world are popping up in our grocery stores every day. Ten years ago most people had never even heard of quinoa let alone eaten any. And now you can buy it in most grocery stores. You see it in restaurants on salads and as a side dish. It is even being served by major airlines in first and business class.
Hemp hearts were virtually unknown a decade ago as well. And chia seed?
People thought you only used that to grow green “hair” on a dog-shaped planter.
The same goes with many fruits and vegetables. I don’t think my patents ever ate a mango in their lives let alone tried a pomegranate or had any kale. The were no large selections of fresh greens available in the 1960’s and most people simply stuck with iceberg lettuce and called it a day.
Well, things have changed. Nutritionists and food writers are starting to write about foods that are considered powerhouses in the nutritional department and the world is sitting up and taking notice of these foods and touting their abilities to address certain health issues.
These foods are being called “Super Foods” or “Power Foods” and they are getting a lot of attention and time in magazines and on the internet. These Super Foods are being associated with reducing chronic health issues and many people are changing their diets to include these foods.
Of course there are those people who have been following special diets for years and I’m not just talking about the vegetarians, the vegans and the “lacto-ovo-pescatarian” set either. People are following diets due to their own health issues and are using their diet to alleviate these issues.
People are excluding dairy products due to lactose intolerance and some follow gluten-free diets.
They are increasing their intake of green leafy vegetables and upping their intake of these power foods.
The Centers for Disease Control has officially identified some of these foods and even set up certain parameters for admission into this little elite club. These foods have to be very strongly associated with reduced chronic disease risk. They have to contain17 essential nutrients that provide 10% or more of a person’s ideal consumption of potassium, fiber, protein, calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, zinc, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K3. In effect, the Centers For Disease Control are actually “Vetting” these foods to be called a “Superfood.”
So how does this effect your birds? It does in a very big way. The availability of these foods that are so good for your birds is the key to this discussion.
People are beginning to realize that these so-called “Superfoods” are wonderful for their birds as well as for themselves. And this is such a positive thing from the dark days when the only selection of greens in the supermarket was iceberg lettuce which does a dandy job hydrating them but not much else. It’s fairly devoid of much nutrition.
What is happening is that the food writers are looking for the next big thing.
And they are watching this new entry into the food category department with a keen eye. “Food as Medicine” is now a subject of discussion and these new powerhouse vegetables and Superfoods are being looked at with a more discerning eye. Studies are being conducted and more conversation about these and other foods yet to hit the general market are a positive thing for our flocks. As these foods enter the grocery stores, this makes shopping for healthy fresh food for our flocks a hell of a lot easier. You see, the more fresh healthy food made available to us, the more our birds benefit. And as these new types of foods being introduced into the marketplace, they are being written about, discussed and due to this, people are learning. And that can only benefit birds in captivity.
The more people know about food and the benefits and characteristics these foods have, the better off our flocks will be.
With these new selections, they will have a wider variety of foods in which they indulge in throughout the year. By widening the scope of their diets as well as increasing the nutritious items available to them, your birds could live healthier, happier and longer lives as a result.