can guinea pigs eat green leaf lettuce

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Green Leaf Lettuce?

Green leaf lettuce is a mild flavoured leaf vegetable that is often used in sandwiches and salads. It’s leaves are delicate and tender unlike the leaves on iceberg and romaine lettuces which are crisper.

So can guinea pigs green leaf lettuce and if they can how much of it can they eat?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, their acidic, fat, calcium, sugar, and phosphourus content is especially pertinent to guinea pigs.

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Calories 15.0(62.8 kJ) 1%
Total Carbohydrate 2.8g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.3g 5%
Starch 0.0g
Sugars 0.8g
Fats & Fatty Acids
Amounts Per Selected Serving%DV
Total Fat 0.2g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Vitamin A 7404IU 148%
Vitamin C 18.0mg 30%
Vitamin D~ ~
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) 0.3mg 1%
Vitamin K 174mcg 217%
Thiamin 0.1mg 5%
Riboflavin 0.1mg5%
Niacin 0.4mg 2%
Vitamin B 60.1mg4%
Folate 38.0mcg 10%
Vitamin B 120.0mcg0%
Pantothenic Acid 0.1mg 1%
Choline 13.4mg
Betaine 0.2mg
Calcium 36.0mg 4%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Magnesium 13.0mg 3%
Phosphorus 29.0mg 3%
Potassium 194mg 6%
Sodium 28.0mg 1%
Zinc 0.2mg 1%
Copper 0.0mg 1%
Manganese 0.3mg 13%
Selenium 0.6mcg 1%
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0%
Phytosterols 38.0mg

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As you can see, green leaf lettuce contains a hint of phosphorus, a little calcium and a little acid. But it does contain a good deal of vitamin c which is fantastic for guinea pigs.

With that in mind guinea pigs can eat green leaf lettuce almost on a daily basis as they contain little bad stuff for piggies. Five times a week as standard would suffice, but because of its acidic and phosphorus content, not every day and it does them good to have a break from it.

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