A green onion is another name for the vegetable that often goes by the name scallion, spring onion, salad onion, table onion, shallot, green shallot, onion stick, long onion, baby onion, precious onion, yard onion, gibbon, or syboe, depending on what part of the world you are in.
It has hollow green leaves but it doesn’t have a root bulb that is fully developed unlike a normal common onion.
We often have green onions as part of a salad and they taste just great.
So if we can eat them, can guinea pigs eat green onions and if so how much of them can they eat?
Let’s dig a little deeper and take a look at its nutritional data to find out a little more about this interesting vegetable.
As usual we’re looking at the phosphorus, sugar, fat, oxelate acid, and calcium content.
A good amount of vitamin c and a is also incredibly beneficial.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 301 kJ (72 kcal)
Carbohydrates 16.8 g
– Sugars 7.87 g
– Dietary fiber 3.2 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 2.5 g
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.06 mg (5%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.02 mg (2%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.2 mg (1%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.29 mg (6%)
Vitamin B6 0.345 mg (27%)
Folate (vit. B9) 34 μg (9%)
Vitamin C 8 mg (10%)
Calcium 37 mg (4%)
Iron 1.2 mg (9%)
Magnesium 21 mg (6%)
Manganese 0.292 mg (14%)
Phosphorus 60 mg (9%)
Potassium 334 mg (7%)
Zinc 0.4 mg (4%)
Link to USDA Database entry
Percentages are roughly approximated
using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
Green onions although deliciously tasty, are quite high in phosphorus, sugar, and has fractions of calcium and oxelates in them.
So there are a lot of nutrients that are not good for guinea pigs.
Because of this, green onions should not be given to guinea pigs and they should be unfortunately avoided if you own guinea pigs.