can guinea pigs eat pomelos

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Pomelos?

Otherwise known as shaddocks, pummelos, pommelos, or lusho fruit, Pomelos are a crisp citrus fruit that is native to south and South East Asia.

It varies from green to yellow colour when it is ripened and it has sweet flesh. It is the largest citrus fruit you can get measuring between 15-25 cm in diameter.

It tastes much like a sweet grapefruit but without the bitterness.

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So if we can eat them, can guinea pigs eat pomelos?

As per usual, lets take a look at their nutritional data, in particular, their calcium, sugar, fat, phosphorus, and acidic content.

Flesh of a pomelo
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 159 kJ (38 kcal)
Carbohydrates 9.62 g
– Dietary fiber 1 g
Fat 0.04 g
Protein 0.76 g
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.034 mg (3%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.027 mg (2%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.22 mg (1%)
Vitamin B6 0.036 mg (3%)
Vitamin C 61 mg (73%)
Iron 0.11 mg (1%)
Magnesium 6 mg (2%)
Manganese 0.017 mg (1%)
Phosphorus 17 mg (2%)
Potassium 216 mg (5%)
Sodium 1 mg (0%)
Zinc 0.08 mg (1%)

Source USDA Database entry

As you can see they have a hint of phosphorus, fat, and are a little acidic. However they contain a great deal if vitamin c which is terrific for guinea pigs.

So guinea pigs can eat pomelos one to two times a week in small amounts. But not more than that due to their acidic nature.

But they are a great addition to a guinea pigs diet.

If you are looking for a good way of peeling a pomelo, check out this article

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