Alfalfa sprouts are grown around the globe and are usually used as forage for cattle. This veggie is also known as lucerne.
Alfalfa hay is commonly used for guinea pigs.
This vegetable is often used for sandwiches and salads.
So can guinea pigs eat alfalfa sprouts safely?
Let’s first look at the nutritional facts to find out of the content is safe for guinea pigs to eat.
In particular we should look at the fat, sugar, phosphorus and calcium content. It would also be a bonus for the food to contain good amounts of Vitamin C and A.
Carbohydrates 2.1 g
– Dietary fiber 1.9 g
Fat 0.7 g
Protein 4 g
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.076 mg (7%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.126 mg (11%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.481 mg (3%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.563 mg (11%)
Vitamin B6 0.034 mg (3%)
Folate (vit. B9) 36 μg (9%)
Vitamin C 8.2 mg (10%)
Vitamin K 30.5 μg (29%)
Calcium 32 mg (3%)
Iron 0.96 mg (7%)
Magnesium 27 mg (8%)
Manganese 0.188 mg (9%)
Phosphorus 70 mg (10%)
Potassium 79 mg (2%)
Sodium 6 mg (0%)
Zinc 0.92 mg (10%)
As you can see these sprouts contain a decent amount of phosphorus content along with fat and calcium.
The rest of the components of this veggie look good for guinea pigs especially the lack of oxelates and sugar.
So to answer the question: Yes, guinea pigs can get alfalfa sprouts but only small amounts twice a week at most. This is due to the high phosphorus content.