Can Rabbits Eat Sweet Potatoes?

Can Rabbits Eat Sweet Potatoes?

A sweet tasting, starchy and large vegetable is what sweet potatoes are.

This is a root vegetable that has shoots and young leaves that are sometimes eaten as greens. It is a distant relative of potatoes.

So can rabbits eat sweet potatoes at all?

Before we can answer this question we need to look at all the nutritional facts surrounding this veggie.

In particular we should be looking at the fibre, sugar, fat, sodium, phosphorus and acidic content.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 359 kJ (86 kcal)
Carbohydrates
20.1 g
Starch 12.7 g
Sugars 4.2 g
Dietary fiber 3 g
Fat
0.1 g
Protein
1.6 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
(89%)709 μg
(79%)8509 μg
Thiamine (B1) (7%)0.078 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%)0.061 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%)0.557 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(16%)0.8 mg
Vitamin B6 (16%)0.209 mg
Folate (B9) (3%)11 μg
Vitamin C (3%)2.4 mg
Vitamin E (2%)0.26 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (3%)30 mg
Iron (5%)0.61 mg
Magnesium (7%)25 mg
Manganese (12%)0.258 mg
Phosphorus (7%)47 mg
Potassium (7%)337 mg
Sodium (4%)55 mg
Zinc (3%)0.3 mg

Source: Wikipedia

As you can see from the information above sweet potatoes contain a hint of calcium , large amounts of acidic content and phosphorus content. There is also a little bit of sugar and fat.

Because of this rabbits cannot eat sweet potatoes.

They are just too acidic for their tummies and would make them sick if they were to eat sweet potatoes.

In addition this means that rabbits cannot eat the skin or peelings of a sweet potato either.

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