Otherwise known as wolfberries, Goji berries are the fruit of the Lycium barbarum and Lycium Chinese and are native to southeastern Europe and Asia.
The berry usually measures between 1-2 cm deep and contains anywhere between 10-60 tiny yellow seeds. Goji berries usually ripen between July to October in the northern hemisphere.
They are usually dried and then cooked before consumption, but are also eaten raw. They are renown for their healthy benefits for humans.
So if they are good for us, can guinea pigs eat Goji berries, and if they can, how much can they eat?
Lets check out the nutritional data and see if we can find out a bit more about them.
Total Fat 1.6g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Carbohydrates 24.0g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3.0g 12%
Vitamin A 170%
Vitamin C 20%
Read more: Calories in EatRaw – Tibetan Goji Berries, Dried | Nutrition and Health Facts http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-eatraw-tibetan-goji-berries-i119927#ixzz2s0rXuDY1
As you can see goji berries contain quite a bit of calcium and sugar and a hint of fat.
However, they do contain a very nice amount of vitamin c and a huge amount of vitamin a which is great for guinea pigs.
This means that guinea pigs can eat goji berries but they can only eat them raw, and once or twice a week at the most. They are a nice fruit for guinea pigs to eat but because of their sugar and calcium content, shouldn’t be fed frequently to guinea pigs
They can’t be eaten dried which is the state that a lot of people eat them.
One thought on “Can Guinea Pigs Eat Goji Berries?”
I came across a youtube video about our website, that mentioned guinepigs cannot have dried goji berries
then came across your webpage 😉
We always like to do a bit of personal contact with pet owners that have more knowledge on certain subjects, we know about chinchillas (17 years)and have info from Chloe ( degutopia) for degus
From our research, obviously guinea pigs can eat dried berries – in moderation, but was a bit confused that you say they cannot eat them ‘dried’ ?
the dried goji is actually ‘raw’ but dried to preserve longer with nothing added or not taken away
understandably they are smaller, so we suggest they limit the treat given to pets
if it was cooked then it would be pointless as nutrients are lost
so wondered where your info on dried goji came from? maybe you mixed it up with cooked ones?
kind regards, Linda