Asian pears are large and fragrant fruit that are commonly served either raw or peeled.
They tend to be quite expensive fruit and are often given as gifts in some cultures or eaten in a family setting. They are also used in cooking, used in sauces or used to marinate meat.
So can guinea pigs eat Asian pears, and if they can, how much of them can be eaten?
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Asian Pears?
Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, their acidic, calcium, sugar, phosphorus, and fat content are of most interest.
Nashi pear (Pyrus pyrifolia)
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 176 kJ (42 kcal)
Carbohydrates 10.65 g
– Sugars 7.05 g
– Dietary fiber 3.6 g
Fat 0.23 g
Protein 0.5 g
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.009 mg (1%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.01 mg (1%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.219 mg (1%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.07 mg (1%)
Vitamin B6 0.022 mg (2%)
Folate (vit. B9) 8 μg (2%)
Choline 5.1 mg (1%)
Vitamin C 3.8 mg (5%)
Vitamin E 0.12 mg (1%)
Vitamin K 4.5 μg (4%)
Calcium 4 mg (0%)
Magnesium 8 mg (2%)
Manganese 0.06 mg (3%)
Phosphorus 11 mg (2%)
Potassium 121 mg (3%)
Sodium 0 mg (0%)
(source: Wikipedia)
As you can see Asian pears contain a hint of phosphorus, a little acid, a hint of fat, but are quite sweet.
They also don’t contain a lot of vitamin c.
With that in mind, guinea pigs can eat Asian pears, but only two to three times a week because of their sugar content.
For more foods that guinea pigs can and can’t eat, check out our GUINEA PIG FOOD LIST.