Fruit-Crazed Monkeys Binge on 50 Varieties a Day

Bananas are just the hors d'oeuvre

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A baby red-nosed-saki monkey (Chiropotes albinasus), is presented at the zoo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 29, 2012.

Researchers have found monkeys in South and Central America that mix more fruit into their daily diet than a Jamba Juice addict.

According to the BBC, researchers analyzed primate diets from 290 studies spanning 42 years, and found that among all of the primate species the middle-sized ones have a wild lust for fruit. Some species, like the Saki monkey, eat upwards of 50 varieties a day. Bananas take a backseat to more exotic produce from Pouteria and Brosimum trees.

The study also reveals a link between taste and body-size. Bodies tend to get larger as monkeys graduate from insects to fruit, and larger still as they graduate to even trickier digestive feats, like eating leaves.