Pak Choi is also called Chinese cabbage (Brassica rapa, subspecies pekinensis and chinensis) and can refer to two groups of Chinese leaf vegetables often used in Chinese cuisine: the Pekinensis Group (napa cabbage) and the Chinensis Group (bok choy).
These vegetables are both variant cultivars or subspecies of the turnip and belong to the same genus as such Western staples as cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.
Both have many variations in name, spelling, and scientific classification, especially bok choy cultivars. (source)
Can guinea pigs eat pak choi?
Let’s take a look at its nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, its acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as guinea pigs are concerned.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 65 mg 2%
Potassium 252 mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 2.2 g 0%
Dietary fiber 1 g 4%
Sugar 1.2 g
Protein 1.5 g 3%
Vitamin A 89%
Vitamin C 75%
Vitamin D 0%
Vit B-6 10%
Vitamin B-12 0%
As you can see pak choi contains a lot of calcium, a little sugar, a hint of salt, and a hint of fat. It will also contain a large amount of water content which hasn’t been disclosed above.
This means that they can eat pak choi in small amounts on an occasional basis.
It is not a food to be fed to them regularly because of the large amount of calcium content it has.
It should be eaten raw only and not cooked at all. They much prefer raw veggies only.
Just cut it up into small pieces for them and don’t feed them too much as they will eat everything you give them.
They will be great fans of pak choi as it is a green vegetable, which always goes down well with piggies not matter what it is.
Its place in their regular diet
Pak choi is a good back up food for them. Although it has a high amount of calcium and should only be fed occasionally to them, it will provide a good amount of nutrients for them as part of their diet.
Fed to them occasionally alongside their regular diet of hay, guinea pig mix, other veggies, fruit, and water, it will help provide a good balance to a guinea pig’s diet.
There are better veggies for them to eat such as bell peppers, but pak choi is a nice occasional vegetable.
For more foods that guinea pigs can and can’t eat, check out our guinea pig food list.