can guinea pigs eat limes

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Limes?

So limes aren’t a fruit that I necessarily like but they look great and taste brilliant as an accompaniment in a soft or alcoholic drink.

I know there are a lot of people out there who love limes and have no qualms in eating them.

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So if humans can eat limes, can guinea pigs. If they can, how much can they eat?

Lets find out by taking a look at its nutritional data.

As per usual, take a look at its sugar, calcium, phosphorus, oxelate acid, and fat content to see whether it is any good for guinea pigs.

Energy 126 kJ (30 kcal)
Carbohydrates 10.5 g
– Sugars 1.7 g
– Dietary fiber 2.8 g
Fat 0.2 g
Protein 0.7 g
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.03 mg (3%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.02 mg (2%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.2 mg (1%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.217 mg (4%)
Vitamin B6 0.046 mg (4%)
Folate (vit. B9) 8 μg (2%)
Vitamin C 29.1 mg (35%)
Calcium 33 mg (3%)
Iron 0.6 mg (5%)
Magnesium 6 mg (2%)
Phosphorus 18 mg (3%)
Potassium 102 mg (2%)
Sodium 2 mg (0%)

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As you can contains a little phosphorus, calcium, and a little  sugar. It also contains a very good amount of vitamin c which is fantastic  for our guinea pigs.

Because of this, guinea pigs can eat limes but not too regularly because of its phosphorus, sugar and calcium content. But the vitamin c content makes it worth while for guinea pigs.

However, do be careful with feeding them to your cavy. Just like if we have too many of them, guinea pigs can also get tummy trouble from eating them. So don’t feed them too much. One or two segments at the most twice a week should be sufficient.

Another hurdle to overcome is that they are of course very sour. So they may not take to them at all. However, that doesn’t stop you from trying them with your guinea pigs

 

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