Science of Nectar
Our research and understanding of the hummingbird’s nutritional requirements led us to develop a solution far beyond any commercial standard. We have performed our own research with high-performance liquid chromatography on 237 flowers that hummingbirds frequent
To be accurate:
- 73% of all nectars include sucrose, glucose and fructose
- 17% of nectars have sucrose with either glucose (11%) or fructose (6%)
- 4% of nectars have sucrose only (Peaker, 1990).
---Lotz C N & Schondube J E. 2006. Sugar preferences in nectar- and fruit-eating birds: behavioral patterns and physiological causes. Biotropica, 38(1): 3-15.
---Peaker M. 1990. Nutritional requirements and diets for hummingbirds and seabirds. International Zoo Yearbook, 29: 109-119.
---Witteveen M, Brown M & Downs C T. 2014. Does sugar content matter? Blood plasma glucose levels in an occasional and a specialist avian nectarivore. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A: 167: 40-44.
Our clear nectar simulates the natural nectar of nature’s flowers better than, simple sugar or any other nectar available and is more cost-effective.
Once ingested, the hummingbird transforms this complex formula into their ideal sugar – glucose! This, in turn, is digested and absorbed as 100% energy, giving the birds an equal return on energy expended.
There are dozens of research studies that chart the ingredients of floral nectar and sucrose is not the only component. Everyone promulgates that white table sugar/ sucrose offers the birds the best carbohydrate but this is indeed misinformation. There is more to it.
Simple white processed table sugar is not nectar for our fast-moving friends.“ Yes, white table sugar/ sucrose does indeed attract the hummingbirds to a feeder but it does not come the closest to floral nectar and it is not the most healthful.
It’s not enough to improve hummingbird nectar. You have to understand it.