Blueberries are a delicious and sweet fruit that if often in season during the summer.
My kids love to eat them because they are so sweet and easy to eat. They are great on desserts, in cereal and eaten just by themselves.
One of the important things to remember is to wash the blueberries off before eating them.
So can guinea pigs eat them at all and if so how much?
Before we can answer this question we should take a bit of a closer look at the nutritional facts surrounding blueberries as a fruit.
In particular we should looking at the levels of:
- oxelate acid
- Vitamin c and a
Energy 240 kJ (57 kcal)
Carbohydrates 14.49 g
– Sugars 9.96 g
– Dietary fiber 2.4 g
Fat 0.33 g
Protein 0.74 g
Vitamin A 54 IU
– beta-carotene 32 μg (0%)
– lutein and zeaxanthin 80 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.037 mg (3%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.041 mg (3%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.418 mg (3%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.124 mg (2%)
Vitamin B6 0.052 mg (4%)
Folate (vit. B9) 6 μg (2%)
Vitamin C 9.7 mg (12%)
Vitamin E 0.57 mg (4%)
Vitamin K 19.3 μg (18%)
Calcium 6 mg (1%)
Iron 0.28 mg (2%)
Magnesium 6 mg (2%)
Manganese 0.336 mg (16%)
Phosphorus 12 mg (2%)
Potassium 77 mg (2%)
Sodium 1 mg (0%)
Zinc 0.16 mg (2%)
So as you can see from the nutritional facts above blueberries contain small amounts of fats and phosphorus content and not a trace of oxelate acid.
They do however contain a lot of sugar.
But on the positive side they do contain a good amount of Vitamin A and C.
So can guinea pigs eat blueberries?
Yes, they can but only once or twice a week at most because of the large sugar content. Anymore and they will have stomach issues.
Can guinea pigs eat dried blueberries?
Yes, but the same applies as above. Only once or twice a week as it contains the same amount of sugar which is a large amount.
Can guinea pigs eat frozen blueberries?
No, they cannot eat frozen blueberries at all as it would be way too difficult for them to chew. Guinea pigs cannot eat any frozen foods.