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Old 11-28-2010, 12:24 PM United States
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Arrow Question about Banana Chips?

I've read on a bunch of different sites that Banana Chips with no added sugar are ok for chins to have!?!?!? What is your thought on this?
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Old 11-28-2010, 12:27 PM United States
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The natural sugars in bananas are too much for their stomachs. Dried or not. No fruits or veggies dried or otherwise. I am sure if I am wrong I will be corrected.
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Old 11-28-2010, 12:30 PM United States
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I know about the no dried fruits or veggies rule...lol I was just reading about chin owners feeding their chins banana chips. Just wanted to make sure!
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Old 11-28-2010, 01:40 PM United States
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No dried fruits or veggies means just that...no dried fruits or veggies. Since bananas are a fruit, chinchillas should not have them. A lot of owners out there do a lot of stupid things. They also believe a chinchilla's lifespan should be 5-10yrs and it ends up being that way because of bad care and bad nutrition.
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Old 11-28-2010, 01:49 PM United States
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Banana chips are not good for humans. Why even consider giving it to a chin. Even without the sugar they are still bad.
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Old 11-28-2010, 02:09 PM United States
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Fruits are natually sweet as they have sugar--when you condense the fruit by drying it and therefore removing all the water you have now more than tripled the sugar content in the fruit. To say dried fruit has no added sugar is very misleading as dried fruits always have more sugar in them than fruits that are fresh
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:23 PM United States
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Fruits are natually sweet as they have sugar--when you condense the fruit by drying it and therefore removing all the water you have now more than tripled the sugar content in the fruit. To say dried fruit has no added sugar is very misleading as dried fruits always have more sugar in them than fruits that are fresh
It's just more sugar in proportion to the size of the fruit. There isn't actually more sugar in a dried banana than in that same banana that was fresh before it was dried. But in proportion there's more sugar since some of the volume (water) has been taken out of the fruit. Maybe that's what you were saying, and I'm just being all anal and annoying.

Regardless--fruits and veggies have simple sugars in them which are not digested well in any significant amount in chinchillas. Banana chips would be just as bad to give to a chin as a fresh banana.

Eh, people do lots of different things. Some not so intelligent. Oh well, I think it's good you asked though.
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:36 PM United States
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there is more bad information to be found on the internet than good. Any idiot can make a website
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:47 PM United States
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Well, there sure is a lot of conflicting information regarding this. I have a friend who has owned chins for many years and has three that are over 15 years old and he feeds dehydrated apples as treats. Never had any problems with it. I assumed it was okay, in very small amounts. Guess I was wrong..

You can't really blame people for listening to their vet. If you can't trust an exotics vet with chin experience, who can you trust?
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:20 PM United States
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How many chins do you think an exotic vets sees on a daily basis? Now, how many chins do you think a rancher or breeder sees on a daily basis? Unfortunately most exotic vets aren't as chinchilla savvy as they would like you to believe. Don't get me wrong, I am very much not against vet care, but when it comes to nutritional guidelines I would listen to a rancher with 25-30 yr old chins way before an exotic vet.
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