Can Chinchillas Eat Lentils?

Can Chinchillas Eat Lentils?

Lentils are known to be a healthy food for humans. Lentils from a bushy annual plant which is part of the legume family.

So can chinchillas eat lentils?

Let first look at the nutritional facts about lentils before we decide if lentils are safe or not to feed to chinchillas.

The main nutritional facts include:

  • sugar
  • fat content
  • phosphorus
  • acidic
  • calcium

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,477 kJ (353 kcal)
Carbohydrates
60 g
Sugars 2 g
Dietary fiber 3.1 g
Fat
1 g
Protein
26 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (76%) 0.87 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (18%) 0.211 mg
Niacin (B3) (17%) 2.605 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(42%) 2.120 mg
Vitamin B6 (42%) 0.54 mg
Folate (B9) (120%) 479 μg
Vitamin C (5%) 4.4 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (6%) 56 mg
Iron (58%) 7.54 mg
Magnesium (34%) 122 mg
Phosphorus (64%) 451 mg
Potassium (20%) 955 mg
Sodium (0%) 6 mg
Zinc (50%) 4.78 mg
Other constituents
Water 10.4 g

As you can see from the information above lentils contain a large amount of acidic and phosphorus content.

For this reason lentils can not be eaten at all by chinchillas.

If a chinchilla was to eat lentils it would hurt their stomach if they ate it.

Therefore make sure to avoid feeding lentils to chinchillas.

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