Found mainly in warm parts of Asia, Americas and Africa, Mulberries are a genus of between 10-16 species of tree.
The mulberry is used in pies and tarts, not to mention wines and other beverages.
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So if we can eat mulberries, can guinea pigs eat them and if they can, how much of them can they eat?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data, in particular their calcium, phosphorus, sugar, fat and acidic content. As these are most pertinent to guinea pigs.
Calories. 43.0(180 kJ). 2%
Total Carbohydrate. 9.8g. 3%
Dietary Fiber. 1.7g. 7%
Starch. 0.0g
Sugars. 8.1g
Total Fat. 0.4g. 1%
Saturated Fat. 0.0g. 0%
Monounsaturated Fat. 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat. 0.2g
Protein. 1.4g. 3%
Vitamin A25.0IU. 0%
Vitamin C. 36.4mg. 61%
Vitamin D~ ~
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol). 0.9mg. 4%
Vitamin K. 7.8mcg. 10%
Thiamin. 0.0mg. 2%
Riboflavin. 0.1mg. 6%
Niacin. 0.6mg. 3%
Vitamin B. 60.1mg. 3%
Folate. 6.0mcg. 1%
Vitamin B. 120.0mcg. 0%
Pantothenic Acid~ ~
Choline. 12.3mg
Calcium. 39.0mg. 4%
Iron. 1.9mg. 10%
Magnesium. 18.0mg. 5%
Phosphorus. 38.0mg. 4%
Potassium. 194mg. 6%
Sodium. 10.0mg. 0%
Zinc. 0.1mg. 1%
Copper. 0.1mg. 3%
Selenium. 0.6mcg. 1%
Cholesterol. 0.0mg. 0%
Alcohol. 0.0g
Water. 87.7g
Ash. 0.7g
Caffeine. 0.0mg
Theobromine. 0.0mg
As you can see mulberries contain a little phosphorus, calcium a hint of fat and a little acidic. They are also a little sweet as well.
They also contain a very good amount of vitamin c which is great news for piggies.
So guinea pigs can eat mulberries, but only 2-3 times a week because of the content mentioned above.
In terms of mulberry leaves, they should be fine for guinea pigs to eat. In fact, they’re recommended by the fine people of Austrlian cavy sanctuary