Where do bird’s nests or more specifically, SunshineNest® bird’s nests originate from?
There are generally two (2) types of origin for bird’s nests, one being “house” nests and the other being “cave” nests. SunshineNest® bird’s nests are produced by swiftlets in swiftlet farms, which are considered as “house” nests.
What’s the difference between bird’s nests sourced from swiftlet farms compared to bird’s nests sourced from caves?
Swiftlet farms are specially built structures which provide more hygienic conditions for swiftlets to roost, resulting in cleaner nests. On the other hand, “cave” nests are constructed by swiftlets on the walls and ceilings of caves high on limestone cliffs which tend to contain more external environment factor. Studies have shown that “house” nests and “cave” nests are equally nutritious.
Would harvesting SunshineNest® bird’s nest be depriving the swiftlets of their home?
No. As the nests are only removed when the young swiftlets are mature enough to leave the nest, this does not harm the swiftlets since they will make new ones when it is time for another reproductive cycle, which occurs three times a year.
What makes SunshineNest® bird’s nests a superior and trusted product?
We are a fully-integrated bird’s nest producer with control over the entire supply chain.
We send our bird’s nests for microbiological, chemical and nutritional tests and analysis regularly to ensure consistent quality.
We are the first raw clean bird’s nest producer to achieve Veterinary Health Mark (VHM) accreditation from the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) Malaysia.
We are certified to multiple food safety and quality standards including Halal and HACCP. Please refer to ‘Our Qualifications and Certifications’ page for more details.
Does SunshineNest® bird’s nest products contain any artificial substances?
No. SunshineNest® is committed to produce 100% pure bird’s nest without the use of any additives, chemicals, colourings or preservatives to ensure that all of the natural goodness of bird's nest is retained.
Why are there bird’s nests of different colours?
For all types of edible bird’s nest, once the swiftlets’ transparent secretion has hardened to form the nest, the nest will take on an off-white to ivory colour. However, poor conditions in swiftlet farms may result in nitrification of bird's nest, causing nests to change from off white to yellow to orange and even red. Such coloured nests tend to contain high levels of nitrates and nitrites which can reduce the capacity of the blood to transport oxygen.
However, this is not a concern for our products as our bird's nests are harvested in a sustainable and timely manner to minimise the nitrification process.
How often can I consume SunshineNest® bird’s nest?
An average person should consume the equivalent of 2g - 3g dry bird's nest daily for optimal absorption of its nutritional value. Any excess consumption will be discharged by the body.