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can guinea pigs eat rosemary

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Rosemary?

Rosemary is a herb that is often used with chicken, lamb, or game meats as well as fish or bean dishes. It has an intense aroma and was prized apparently, by the Greeks for being good for the brain.

It has light blue or pink flowers and dark green needle like leaves that are silver underneath.

So if we can eat rosemary, can guinea pigs eat it, and if they can how much of it can they eat?

image wikipedia

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

As per usual, we’re particularly interested in its calcium, sugar, fat, phosphorus and acidic content.

Total Fat 6 g 9%
Saturated fat 2.8 g 14%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.9 g
Monounsaturated fat 1.2 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 26 mg 1%
Potassium 668 mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 21 g 7%
Dietary fiber 14 g 56%
Protein 3.3 g 6%
Vitamin A 58%
Vitamin C 36%
Calcium 31%
Iron 36%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B-6 15%
Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 22%

source usda

As you can see rosemary contains a lot of calcium and quite a bit of fat but no sugars, phosphorus and acid.

It does however contain a very high amount of vitamin c however which is great.

Because of its calcium and fat content it can only be fed to guinea pigs once a week in small amounts at the most. It is not the best herb for guinea pigs to eat.