Butternut squash is a winter squash with a particularly sweet, nutty taste.
Also known as butternut pumpkin in Australia and New Zealand, It can be roasted, toasted, puréed for soups, mashed, used in breads, muffins and casseroles.
We love having home made butternut squash soup in this season as its the perfect ‘fall weather’ food. With some warm cheese bread, it is absolutely amazing!
But I digress!!
With fall season upon us it is a very popular fruit, so it seems to be an ideal time to see if guinea pigs can eat it.
Lets dig a little deeper and see if they can eat butternut squash by having a look at its nutritional data.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 188 kJ (45 kcal)
Carbohydrates 11.69 g
– Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A equiv. 532 μg (67%)
– beta-carotene 4226 μg (39%)
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.1 mg (9%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.02 mg (2%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 1.2 mg (8%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.4 mg (8%)
Vitamin B6 0.154 mg (12%)
Folate (vit. B9) 27 μg (7%)
Vitamin C 21 mg (25%)
Vitamin E 1.44 mg (10%)
Calcium 48 mg (5%)
Iron 0.7 mg (5%)
Magnesium 34 mg (10%)
Manganese 0.202 mg (10%)
Phosphorus 33 mg (5%)
Potassium 352 mg (7%)
Looking at butternut squash it It is a good source of fibre, a ery high amount of vitamin C, and vitamin A.
However it does contains small amounts of phosphorus and calcium.
Because of this, don’t feed on a daily basis.
A few times a week should suffice in small amounts.
Can guinea pigs eat butternut squash skin?
Just as humans can eat it, guinea pigs can too and they may well enjoy it as well.
It is quite nutritious for them and contains a good amount of vitamin c. Just not too much of it to save any tummy trouble.
Can guinea pigs eat butternut squash seeds?
Some guinea pig owners say that guinea pigs can eat butter squash seeds as they do contain vitamin c, but personally I would avoid them because of potential chokage.
Can guinea pigs eat butternut squash peel?
This is another word for the ‘skin’. So, yes they can eat butternut squash peel.