Did you know that an Aubergine, or to call it its American name ‘Egglplant’ is actaully a fruit?
No I didnt know that! I’m learning all kinds of things writing these posts. All kinds of random information that I may never have use for again. haha
So if we can eat them, then can guinea pigs eat aubergines?
Lets take a look and find out here by taking a good look at its nutritional data.
As per usual, we’re in particularly interested in its sugar, fat, calcium, phosphorus and oxelate acid content as they are most pertinent to piggies.
Energyt104 kJ (25 kcal)
– Sugarst3.53 g
– Dietary fibert3 g
Thiamine (vit. B1)t0.039 mg (3%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2)t0.037 mg (3%)
Niacin (vit. B3)t0.649 mg (4%)
Pantothenic acid (B5)t0.281 mg (6%)
Vitamin B6t0.084 mg (6%)
Folate (vit. B9)t22 μg (6%)
Vitamin Ct2.2 mg (3%)
Vitamin Et0.3 mg (2%)
Vitamin Kt3.5 μg (3%)
Calciumt9 mg (1%)
Iront0.23 mg (2%)
Magnesiumt14 mg (4%)
Manganeset0.232 mg (11%)
Phosphorust24 mg (3%)
Potassiumt229 mg (5%)
Zinct0.16 mg (2%)
As you can see aubergine’s contain a hint of phosphorus and calcium, some sugar and are a little acidic. They also contain a little vitamin c.
They are fine for guinea pigs to eat and can be given once a week, because of its sugar and acid content.
Its not the greatest fruit for a guinea pig as there are others with better vitamin c content, but its fine for them to eat as part of a well balanced diet.