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can guinea pigs eat sugar snap peas

Can guinea pigs eat sugar snap peas?

Sugar snap peas, are a cultivar group of edible-podded peas that differ from snow peas in that their pods are round as opposed to flat.

The name mangetout (French for “eat all”) can apply both to snap peas and snow peas.

Snap peas are often served in salads or eaten whole.

They may also be stir-fried or steamed.

Before being eaten, mature snap pea pods may need to be “stringed,” which means the membranous string running along the top of the pod from base to tip is removed.

Over-cooking the pods will make them come apart.

Snap peas, like all other peas, are pod fruits.

Can guinea pigs eat sugar snap peas?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 176 kJ (42 kcal)
7.55 g
Sugars 4.0 g
Dietary fiber 2.6 g
0.39 g
Saturated 0.0039 g
Monounsaturated 0.021 g
Polyunsaturated 0.089 g
2.8 g
Tryptophan 0.027 g
Threonine 0.099 g
Isoleucine 0.161 g
Leucine 0.228 g
Lysine 0.202 g
Methionine 0.011 g
Cystine 0.032 g
Phenylalanine 0.090 g
Tyrosine 0.099 g
Valine 0.273 g
Arginine 0.134 g
Histidine 0.017 g
Alanine 0.058 g
Aspartic acid 0.228 g
Glutamic acid 0.448 g
Glycine 0.072 g
Proline 0.063 g
Serine 0.125 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(7%) 54 μg
(6%) 630 μg
740 μg

Vitamin A 1087 IU
Thiamine (B1) (13%) 0.15 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
Choline (4%) 17.4 mg
Vitamin C (72%) 60 mg
Vit E (3%) 0.39 mg
Vitamin K (24%) 25 μg
Calcium (4%) 43 mg
Copper (4%) 0.079 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 g

Source Wikipedia


As you can see, sugar snap peas contain a huge amount of water, a hint of salt, quite a bit of phosphorus, a little calcium and sugar, a lot of acidic content and a lot of acidic content.

This means that guinea pigs can eat them in small amounts.

How should sugar snap peas be prepared for guinea pigs?

Two or three at a time should be more than sufficient for a guinea pig. Make sure they are well cut up and washed before you fed them to a piggie.

They will enjoy sugar snap peas very much so be careful with how much you feed to them, as they will eat as much as you give them.

For more foods that guinea pigs can and can’t eat, check out our guinea pig food list

can guinea pigs eat peas

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Peas?

Peas are a favourite vegetable in many different countries and civilisations around the world. They are eaten on their own or as part of a culinary dish.

Many people grow them in their pods and then cook them as such.

So can guinea pigs eat peas and if they can, how much of them can be eaten.

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Lets take a look here at their nutritional data and find out more. In particular, their acidic, phosphorus, sugar, calcium and fat content is of most interest as far as guinea pigs are concerned.

Peas, green, raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 339 kJ (81 kcal)
Carbohydrates 14.45 g
– Sugars 5.67 g
– Dietary fiber 5.1 g
Fat 0.4 g
Protein 5.42 g
Vitamin A equiv. 38 μg (5%)
– beta-carotene 449 μg (4%)
– lutein and zeaxanthin 2477 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.266 mg (23%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.132 mg (11%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 2.09 mg (14%)
Vitamin B6 0.169 mg (13%)
Folate (vit. B9) 65 μg (16%)
Vitamin C 40 mg (48%)
Vitamin E 0.13 mg (1%)
Vitamin K 24.8 μg (24%)
Calcium 25 mg (3%)
Iron 1.47 mg (11%)
Magnesium 33 mg (9%)
Manganese 0.41 mg (20%)
Phosphorus 108 mg (15%)
Potassium 244 mg (5%)
Sodium 5 mg (0%)
Zinc 1.24 mg (13%)

source wikipedia

As you can see peas do contain quite a bit of phosphorus, a hint of calcium, and are quite acidic. They also contain quite a bit of sugar and a hint of fat.

However, they also contain a very good amount of vitamin c.

With this in mind, guinea pigs can eat peas but only on a once a week basis, because of their calcium, acidic and phosphorus content.

They can also eat the pods that they come in as well.

However, they can only be eaten raw. So do not feed them frozen peas or tinned peas.