can guinea pigs eat grapefruit

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Grapefruit?

Grapefruit is named because its fruits grow in bunches like grapes.

They are the largest kind of citrus fruits and contain inside, flesh that is segmented quite like oranges.

You can purchase seeded and seedless versions.

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People often have them as part of their breakfast or in fruit salads. So if we can eat them, can guinea pigs eat grapefruit and if so, how much can they eat?

Lets find out by taking a look at its nutritional data to get a closer look at it.

As usual, we’re looking in particular at its phosphorus, oxelate acid, fat, calcium and sugar content that it has.

Total Fat 0.1 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 0 mg 0%
Potassium 135 mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 11 g 3%
Dietary fiber 1.6 g 6%
Sugar 7 g
Protein 0.8 g 1%
Vitamin A 23%
Vitamin C 52%
Calcium 2%
Iron 0%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B-6 5%
Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 2%#

source usda

As you can see grapefruit has no fat, oxelates and phosphorus and is low in calcium but it is high in sugar which is not good for piggies.

However, it is incredibly high in vitamin c which is great news for guinea pigs.

So guinea pigs can eat grapefruit but only sparingly. Because of the sugar content, once a month should suffice but nothing more than that. But its a great treat for guinea pigs because of its fabulous vitamin c content.

Can guinea pigs eat grapefruit peels?

They can, but only sparingly like grapefruit segments. On a monthly basis in small amounts should suffice.

Can guinea pigs eat red grapefruit?

Yes they can but again, only sparingly like regular grapefruit. On a once a month basis should suffice in small amounts.

Can guinea pigs eat pink grapefruit?

Yes they can, but like the other forms of grapefruit, on a monthly basis in small amounts only.

 

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