Nutrition Tips from the Great Apes

by Pete Genot on April 15, 2010 · 6 comments

By Pete GenotWestern Lowlands Gorilla

We finally had some great weather over Spring Break, so I decided to take my 2 youngest children to The Toledo Zoo.

I thought we were just going to have a fun day exploring the zoo, looking at all the animals, playing at the new Nature’s Neighborhood children’s area, etc.

I certainly didn’t expect to learn anything related to HUMAN health and wellness. And yet…

I actually picked-up some excellent nutrition tips from the Great Apes Exhibit. Check out the 1-minute video below to discover what I learned…

Interesting…don’t you think?

The apes at the zoo are fed a very strict diet of whole, nutritious foods to help regulate their weight and keep them strong and healthy. Some of the foods they eat include:

  • Fresh fruits like apples, oranges, lemons, cherries, pears, strawberries and bananas (of course).
  • Fresh vegetables like celery, yams, eggplant, cauliflower, broccoli, squash and lettuce.
  • Raw nuts.

Apes at the zoo are NOT fed any processed foods filled with sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, unhealthy fats, preservatives, artificial ingredients, etc., such as:

  • Chips
  • Popcorn
  • Candy
  • Donuts
  • Crackers
  • Soda…”Pop” for my fellow Mid-Westerners
  • Burger and Fries
  • Ice cream
  • and so on…

Eating these types of foods will make the apes sick and cause them to become overweight.


So take a look in your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator. What type of foods do you see? Healthy and nutritious…or highly-processed and unhealthy?

Unless you want to become sick and overweight, stick to the all-natural whole foods and avoid the processed garbage…just like the Great Apes at the zoo.

About the Author:  Health Advocate Pete Genot is the Founder and Editor of The Healthy Minute.  He is a former college athlete with nearly 25 years of health and fitness experience.  He emphasizes maintaining optimal health through a balance of nutrition, exercise and personal growth. Click HERE to subscribe to The Healthy Minute.  If you’re on Facebook, you can also become Pete’s Facebook Friend.

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1 glyconutrients April 15, 2010 at 2:41 pm

LOL.. that is AWESOME!

I don’t think the message can be any clearer than that!

Can I use the video in my blog? I am mostly interested in being able to translate this for my Spanish-speaking audience (and the English-speaking that may not know about your site)?

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2 Pete April 15, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Hi Kevin,

Glad you liked it!

You can certainly use the video in your blog. Just go to YouTube and grab the embed code.


~ Pete

3 glyconutrients April 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I also forgot to mention this, but this morning during out biochemistry discussion class, the TA asked “Do we need cholesterol in our diets?”

The presenting group was hesitant to say “no”. So he answered his own question. He said, “No. How does a CHIMPANZEE get cholesterol? You do not need cholesterol in your diet but you do need it in your body.

Just thought I’d share because he also used a chimp/monkey as a comparison.

I will post an article later this week or maybe even next week. Thank you.

4 Dr Ian G King April 22, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Hi Pete

Great blog. A simple and striking way to sell the healthy message.

It seems that we look after our zoo animals better than many people look after their children when it comes to the food we feed them.

Keep up the great work.

Best regards

5 Pete April 25, 2010 at 8:58 am

Thanks Ian…GREAT point!!!!

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