can guinea pigs eat pea pods

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Pea Pods?

Pea pods are also known as snow peas and are a legume, more specifically a variety of pea which is eaten whole in its pod while still unripe. They are also known as mangetout.

So can guinea pigs eat pea pods?

Let’s take a look and check out their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, their sugar, fat, salt, calicum, phosphorus, adicid content and water is of particular interest as far as guinea pigs are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100g
Energy 176 kJ (42 kcal)
Sugars 4.00
Dietary fiber 2.6
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(6%) 630 μg
740 μg
Vitamin A 1087 IU
Thiamine (B1) (13%) 0.150 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (7%) 0.08 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.6 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (15%) 0.75 mg
Vitamin B6 (12%) 0.16 mg
Folate (B9) (11%) 42 μg
Vitamin B12 (0%) 0 μg
Choline (4%) 17.4 mg
Vitamin C (72%) 60 mg
Vit D (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin E (3%) 0.39 mg
Vitamin K (24%) 25 μg
Calcium (4%) 43 mg
Iron (16%) 2.08 mg
Magnesium (7%) 24 mg
Manganese (12%) 0.244 mg
Phosphorus (8%) 53 mg
Potassium (4%) 200 mg
Sodium (0%) 4 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.27 mg
Other constituents
Water 88.89

source wikipedia

As you can see, pea pods contain a huge amount of water, a little calcium, quite a lot of phosphorus and acidic content.

This means that unfortunately they can’t eat pea pods due to the high amount of water and acidic content.

They are not a good food for them to eat and may make them sick if consumed.

If they have a nibble of them they will be fine but they aren’t a food that should be fed to the purposely.

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