Radishes belong to to the mustard family and have a crunchy texture and a peppery flavour.
The most common type have red skin and white flesh although there are other types of radishes you can get such as black radishes and French breakfast radishes.
They are used most commonly in salads.
So if we can eat them, can guinea pigs eat radishes, and if they can how much can they have?
Let’s take a look and find out by taking a look at their nutritional values, in particular, their acid, sugar, fat, phosphorus, and calcium content.
A good amount of vitamin a and c would also be beneficial.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 66 kJ (16 kcal)
Carbohydrates 3.4 g
– Sugars 1.86 g
– Dietary fiber 1.6 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 0.68 g
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.012 mg (1%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.039 mg (3%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.254 mg (2%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.165 mg (3%)
Vitamin B6 0.071 mg (5%)
Folate (vit. B9) 25 μg (6%)
Vitamin C 14.8 mg (18%)
Calcium 25 mg (3%)
Iron 0.34 mg (3%)
Magnesium 10 mg (3%)
Manganese 0.069 mg (3%)
Phosphorus 20 mg (3%)
Potassium 233 mg (5%)
Zinc 0.28 mg (3%)
Fluoride 6 µg
Oxalic acid 480mg
Taking a look at the above nutritional data, radishes do contain a bit of phosphorus, calcium, a hint of fat and quite a lot of sugar. They are very high in acids, particularly oxalic acid. This means that they really should be given to guinea pigs sparingly not more than a few times a month.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Radish Leaves?
However, guinea pigs can eat the leaves that come with radishes often. They are extremely good for guinea pigs and they will love them