American cheese is a type of processed cheese.
It can be orange, yellow, or white in color, is mild, salty, and faintly sweet in flavor, has a medium-firm consistency, and has a very low melting point. (source)
So can guinea pigs eat american cheese?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, its acidic, water, calcium, fat, sugar, salt, sugar and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as guinea pigs are concerned.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32 g 49%
Saturated fat 18 g 90%
Polyunsaturated fat 1.3 g
Monounsaturated fat 8 g
Trans fat 1.1 g
Cholesterol 100 mg 33%
Sodium 1,671 mg 69%
Potassium 132 mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 3.7 g 1%
Dietary fiber 0 g 0%
Sugar 2.3 g
Protein 18 g 36%
Vitamin A 18%
Vitamin C 0%
Vitamin D 5%
Vit B-6 5%
Vitamin B-12 25%
As you can see, american cheese contains a huge amount of calcium, salt and fat plus a little sugar.
This means that guinea pigs cannot eat american cheese.
It is not good for them at all and may harm them if they should eat it. Unfortunately it is a food to avoid feeding them.
If they nibble a little bit of it, they should be fine but anything more than that they may become sick.