can guinea pigs eat quince

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Quince?

Quinces are fruit which are related to closely to apples and pears.

They have smooth, fragrant texture when they are ripe and have a golden yellow skin.

However, because the flesh is very hard and bitter, it is only eaten cooked by humans. Once it is cooked the flesh has a more deeper flavour and goes a pink colour. They are often used for jams and jelies.

source bbc good food

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So can guinea pigs eat quince, and if they can, how much of it can they eat?

Lets take a look at its nutritional data and find out a bit more about this fruit.

As per usual, we’ll look particularly at its calcium, acid, sugar, fat and phosphorus content which are particularly pertinent for guinea pigs.

A good amount of vitamin c and a is also very beneficial for guinea pigs.

Energy 238 kJ (57 kcal)
Carbohydrates 15.3 g
– Dietary fiber 1.9 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 0.4 g
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.02 mg (2%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.03 mg (3%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.2 mg (1%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.081 mg (2%)
Vitamin B6 0.04 mg (3%)
Folate (vit. B9) 3 μg (1%)
Vitamin C 15 mg (18%)
Calcium 11 mg (1%)
Iron 0.7 mg (5%)
Magnesium 8 mg (2%)
Phosphorus 17 mg (2%)
Potassium 197 mg (4%)
Sodium 4 mg (0%)
Zinc 0.04 mg (0%)

source wikipedia

As you can see quince contains a little bit of phosphorous, and calcium, is a little acidic and contains a hint of fat.

This makes it pretty good for guinea pigs. In fact they can eat it twice a week if need be. It contains a very good amount of vitamin c which will help them with the vitamin deficiency that piggies have.

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