Can Guinea Pigs Eat Walnuts?

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Walnuts?

Walnuts are part of the genus Juglans and come from a walnut tree.

This food is used after its fully ripened for nutmeat or picked while green for pickled walnuts.

They are known as a round and single-seeded stone fruit. There are normally two segments found under the wrinkly walnut shell once it is removed.

When the shell is fully mature it becomes brittle and is usually easily opened.

There are two types of walnuts:

  • English or Persian Walnut
  • Black Walnut

They are eaten as a snack and also used in a variety of culinary dishes.

So can guinea pigs eat walnuts safely at all?

Let’s first look at all the nutritional facts to see if this food is safe for guinea pigs to eat.

Energy 2,738 kJ (654 kcal)
Starch 0.06
lactose 2.61
Dietary fiber 6.7
Fat 65.21
Saturated 6.126
Monounsaturated 8.933
Polyunsaturated 47.174
Protein 15.23
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(0%) 1 μg
(0%) 12 μg
9 μg
Vitamin A 20 IU
Thiamine (B1) (30%) 0.341 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (13%) 0.15 mg
Niacin (B3) (8%) 1.125 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(11%) 0.570 mg
Vitamin B6 (41%) 0.537 mg
Folate (B9) (25%) 98 μg
Vitamin B12 (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin C (2%) 1.3 mg
Vitamin D (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin D (0%) 0 IU
Vitamin E (5%) 0.7 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 2.7 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (10%) 98 mg
Iron (22%) 2.91 mg
Magnesium (45%) 158 mg
Manganese (163%) 3.414 mg
Phosphorus (49%) 346 mg
Potassium (9%) 441 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (33%) 3.09 mg
Other constituents
Water 4.07
Alcohol (ethanol) 0
Caffeine 0

Source: Wikipedia

As you can see walnuts contain a large amount of phosphorus and acidic content along with lots of calcium and fat.

What this means is that guinea pigs cannot eat walnuts at all.

They are just too fatty and acidic for piggies that it will upset their stomach.

Therefore this is a good to be best avoided by guinea pigs.