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can guinea pigs eat cress

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cress?

Cress (Lepidium sativum), sometimes referred to as garden cress to distinguish it from similar plants also referred to as cress (from old Germanic cresso which means sharp, spicy), is a rather fast-growing, edible herb.

Garden cress is genetically related to watercress and mustard, sharing their peppery, tangy flavor and aroma.

In some regions, garden cress is known as mustard and cress, garden pepper cress, pepperwort, pepper grass, or poor man’s pepper (source)

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cress?

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

In particular, its 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 134 kJ (32 kcal)
5.5 g
Sugars 4.4 g
Dietary fiber 1.1 g
0.7 g
2.6 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(43%) 346 μg
(38%) 4150 μg
12500 μg
Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.08 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (22%) 0.26 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 1 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (5%) 0.247 mg
Vitamin B6 (19%) 0.247 mg
Folate (B9) (20%) 80 μg
Vitamin C (83%) 69 mg
Vit E (5%) 0.7 mg
Vitamin K (516%) 541.9 μg
Calcium (8%) 81 mg
Iron (10%) 1.3 mg
Magnesium (11%) 38 mg
Manganese (26%) 0.553 mg
Phosphorus (11%) 76 mg
Potassium (13%) 606 mg
Other constituents
Water 89.4 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, cress contains a huge amount of water, quite a lot of phosphorus, calcium and a lot of acidic content plus a little sugar.

This means that cress is not the greatest food for guinea pigs.

They can have a nibble of it, but it contains too much water and acidic content for it to be a part of a guinea pig’s regular diet.

If they eat too much of it, it may give them problems because of its water and acidic content.

There are better greens for them to eat and if you are in doubt about cress, then don’t feed it to them.

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

can guinea pigs eat watercress

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Watercress?

Today’s foody question is ‘can guinea pigs eat watercress?’

So today I bought some watercress from the market. I saw it was available and decided to pick it up as I was looking out for some different food for my piggy.

A quick search showed that watercress was fine for my piggy to have, whilst I was buying in the market. So I put it in the basket and bought it!

With watercress being green and a vegetable, I had an idea it would be ok.
But wanted to check its nutritional values before I dove in and laid some out for my guinea pig.

• Amount Per 100 grams

Calories 11   • % Daily Value*
Total fat    0.1 g 0%
Saturated fa     t 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat    0 g
Monounsaturated fat     0 g
Cholesterol      0 mg 0%
Sodium       41 mg 1%
Potassium       330 mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate       1.3 g 0%
Dietary fiber       0.5 g 2%
Sugar      0.2 g
Protein      2.3 g 4%
Vitamin A      63%

Vitamin C       71%
Calcium      12% Iron 1%
Vitamin B-6 5% Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium      5%

source: google

Can guinea pigs eat watercress?

Yes they can, its perfectly fine for them. It contains a good amount of vitamin c and so gives them some much needed vitamin c supplement.

So what did my guinea pig think of watercress?

At first he did not take to it at all,

I went away then came back to catch him having a nibble at it

But in the end he wasn’t greatly impressed, so I wont be going out of my way to buy it again for him. However, it is defiantly worth trying with your guinea pig as it gives them some good health benefits. The guinea pig version of brussel sprouts I guess! 🙂