January 15th, 2014
05:15 PM ET
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Paignton Zoo in Devon, England, isn't monkeying around with their animals' diets anymore. Zookeepers are trading the monkeys' favorite fruit in for green leafy vegetables, saying bananas grown for human consumption are full of sugar and calories.

"Wait, even the fruit isn't healthy anymore? What's left?!?!" CNN reader NeoPrudentist posted in what was soon rated the No. 1 comment on the story.

What's left, indeed. First coffee. Then salmon. Now this?

Not to worry - this isn't a case of human see, human do. Despite sharing more than 90% of our DNA with these fuzzy primates, humans have some very distinct differences in anatomy.

Those English zookeepers aren't totally wrong. All fruit contains sugar, and bananas are slightly denser calorie-wise than other types of fruit. But when it comes to nutritional bang for your buck, bananas are hard to beat. Just remember - no monkey business: Eat 'em in moderation.

Read - Are bananas bad for me, too?

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  1. RC@AleeD®

    No monkeying around – bananas off the menu.
    This is gonna make the dungeon a little less...uhm...sweet?

    January 15, 2014 at 7:36 pm |
    • AleeD® @ RC

      Hey, the "no banana" thing isn't my rule ... but there are always cuc umbers. But this does beg the question: if there are no bananas allowed, what are Men of Eatocracy going to put in their woolen banana hamm0cks?

      January 16, 2014 at 6:55 am |
      • RC@ AleeD®

        Wool itches......

        January 16, 2014 at 10:30 am |
        • TNT


          January 17, 2014 at 8:56 am |
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