Known as fat hen, melde, pigweed and goosefoot, lambs quarters is found across most of Europe, but is also found in Oceania, North America, Australasia and Africa.
It’s leaves and young shoots are eaten as a leaf vegetable, either steamed or cooked like spinach
So can guinea pigs eat lambs quarters and if so how much of them can be eaten.
Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
food and image source info wikpedia
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 180 kJ (43 kcal)
Carbohydrates 7.3 g
– Dietary fiber 4 g
Fat 0.8 g
Protein 4.2 g
Vitamin A equiv. 580 μg (73%)
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.16 mg (14%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.44 mg (37%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 1.2 mg (8%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.092 mg (2%)
Vitamin B6 0.274 mg (21%)
Folate (vit. B9) 30 μg (8%)
Vitamin C 80 mg (96%)
Calcium 309 mg (31%)
Iron 1.2 mg (9%)
Magnesium 34 mg (10%)
Manganese 0.782 mg (37%)
Phosphorus 72 mg (10%)
Potassium 452 mg (10%)
Sodium 43 mg (3%)
Zinc 0.44 mg (5%)
Link to USDA Database entry
Percentages are roughly approximated
using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
As you can see lambs quarters contain a very high amount of calcium and are very acidic and have a hint of fat.
Even though they have a fantastic amount of vitamin c in them, the fact that they have such a high calcium and acidic content means that they are not a food that guinea pigs should be eating.