can guinea pigs eat chicory

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Chicory?

Also known as blue daisy, blue dandelion, blue sailors, blue weed, bunk, coffeeweed, cornflower, hendibeh, horseweed, ragged sailors, succory, wild bachelor’s buttons, and wild endive, chicory is a common vegetable found in many parts of the world.

It has a cigar-like shape and its crisp leaves have a distinctive mild bitter flavour.

So can guinea pigs eat chicory, and if they can how much of it can they eat?

food info and image info source wikipedia

Lets take a look by digging under its skin at its nutritional data. In particular, its acidic, calcium, phosphorus, fat, and sugar content are particularly pertinent to guinea pigs.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 96 kJ (23 kcal)
Carbohydrates 4.7 g
– Sugars 0.7 g
– Dietary fiber 4 g
Fat 0.3 g
Protein 1.7 g
Vitamin A equiv. 286 μg (36%)
– beta-carotene 3430 μg (32%)
– lutein and zeaxanthin 10300 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.06 mg (5%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.1 mg (8%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.5 mg (3%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 1.159 mg (23%)
Vitamin B6 0.105 mg (8%)
Folate (vit. B9) 110 μg (28%)
Vitamin C 24 mg (29%)
Vitamin E 2.26 mg (15%)
Vitamin K 297.6 μg (283%)
Calcium 100 mg (10%)
Iron 0.9 mg (7%)
Magnesium 30 mg (8%)
Manganese 0.429 mg (20%)
Phosphorus 47 mg (7%)
Potassium 420 mg (9%)
Sodium 45 mg (3%)

As you can see chicory, contains quite a bit of calcium, phosphorus, a hint of fat and sugar and has some acidic content. It also contains a very good amount of vitamin c.

So guinea pigs can eat chicory, but only twice a week due to its calcium and phosphorus content and in small amounts.

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