Also called stem lettuce, celery lettuce, asparagus lettuce, or Chinese lettuce, celtuce is a vegetable grown for its thick stem.
It is crisp, moist and mild flavoured and is usually stir fried with strong flavoured ingredients.
So can guinea pigs eat celtuce, and if they can how much of it can they eat?
Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out a bit more about them.
In particular, their calcium, sugar, fat, phosphorus, and acidic content is particularly of interest.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 75 kJ (18 kcal)
Carbohydrates 3.65 g
– Dietary fiber 1.7 g
Fat 0.3 g
Protein 0.85 g
Vitamin A equiv. 175 μg (22%)
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.055 mg (5%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.07 mg (6%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.55 mg (4%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.183 mg (4%)
Vitamin B6 0.05 mg (4%)
Folate (vit. B9) 46 μg (12%)
Vitamin C 19.5 mg (23%)
Calcium 39 mg (4%)
Iron 0.55 mg (4%)
Magnesium 28 mg (8%)
Manganese 0.688 mg (33%)
Phosphorus 39 mg (6%)
Potassium 330 mg (7%)
Sodium 11 mg (1%)
Zinc 0.27 mg (3%)
As you can see celtuce contains a little phophorus and calcium, it is quite acidic,and has a hint of fat.
It is a has a nice amount of vitamin c in it.
With that in mind, guinea pigs can eat celtuce but only two to three times a week due to its acidic content. But it is still a very good veggie for piggies to eat