Also known as Indian mustard, Chinese mustard, green mustard cabbage or leaf mustard, mustard greens are a species of mustard plant whose latin name is Brassica juncea.
Mustard green leaves, its seeds and its stem are all eaten in African, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and soul food culinary dishes.
So if we can eat them, can guinea pigs eat mustard greens?
Lets take a look at its nutritional data and find out more about about them.
As per usual we are interested in the fat, calcium, phosphorus, sugar, and acidic content.
A good amount of vitamin c and a is also very beneficial.
Energy 110 kJ (26 kcal)
Carbohydrates 4.51 g
– Sugars 1.41 g
– Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat 0.47 g
Protein 2.56 g
Vitamin A equiv. 618 μg (77%)
– beta-carotene 7400 μg (69%)
– lutein and zeaxanthin 10400 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.041 mg (4%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.063 mg (5%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.433 mg (3%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.12 mg (2%)
Vitamin B6 0.098 mg (8%)
Folate (vit. B9) 9 μg (2%)
Vitamin C 25.3 mg (30%)
Vitamin E 1.78 mg (12%)
Vitamin K 592.7 μg (564%)
Calcium 118 mg (12%)
Iron 0.87 mg (7%)
Magnesium 13 mg (4%)
Phosphorus 42 mg (6%)
Potassium 162 mg (3%)
Sodium 9 mg (1%)
Zinc 0.22 mg (2%)
As you can see mustard greens do contain some phosphorus, quite a bit of calcium, is a little acidic, has a hint of fat and some sugar.
They contain however a very good amount of vitamin c which is fantastic.
With this information, guinea pigs can eat mustard greens but only on a once a week basis because of the nutrients mentioned above. But with all of that, your piggies will probably love them.