Can Gerbils Eat Rhubarb?

Can Gerbils Eat Rhubarb?

Around the world rhubarb is prepared in various ways and eaten by many people.

Rhubarb is often put in desserts such as pies with sugar to make a flavorful sweet dish. It can also however but put in savory dishes as well.

The technical name for a rhubarb is petioles. This vegetable is grown for his stalks which are usually very fresh.

Gardens usually love this veggie and it grown in gardens and soils that are designed to grow them nicely.

So can gerbils eat rhubarb at all?

First lets take a look at the nutritional data for this veggie. In particular the water, salt, acidic content, calcium, phosphorus content and fat.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 88 kJ (21 kcal)
Carbohydrates
4.54 g
Sugars 1.1 g
Dietary fiber 1.8 g
Fat
0.3 g
Protein
0.8 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.02 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.03 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.3 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(2%) 0.085 mg
Vitamin B6 (2%) 0.024 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 7 μg
Choline (1%) 6.1 mg
Vitamin C (10%) 8 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.27 mg
Vitamin K (28%) 29.3 μg
Minerals
Calcium (9%) 86 mg
Iron (2%) 0.22 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (9%) 0.196 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 14 mg
Potassium (6%) 288 mg
Sodium (0%) 4 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.1 mg
water 95%

Source: Wikipedia

As you can see this vegetable is very high in water and contains a lot of calcium. It also has a hint of sugar, salt and phosphorus content.

Therefore NO gerbils cannot eat rhubarb as it will give them diarrhea.

This food is best avoided for gerbils.

 

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