Also known as ladies fingers, bhindi, bamis or gumbo, okra is a flowering plant grown in tropical, sub tropical climates and warmer climates around the world.
It is most often used in the United States, okra is used all over the world in various forms and for various culinary uses.
So if we can eat okra, can guinea pigs and if they can how much of it can they eat?
Let’s take a look at its nutritional data to find out more about it. In particular, let’s take a look at the sugar, phosphorus, fat, calcium, and acidic content that it has as they are most pertinent to guinea pigs.
A good dosage of vitamin c and a would also be very beneficial for guinea pigs.
Energy 33 kcal (140 kJ)
Carbohydrates 7.45 g
– Sugars 1.48 g
– Dietary fiber 3.2 g
Fat 0.19 g
Protein 2.00 g
Water 90.17 g
Vitamin A equiv. 36 μg (5%)
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.2 mg (17%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.06 mg (5%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 1 mg (7%)
Vitamin C 23 mg (28%)
Vitamin E 0.27 mg (2%)
Vitamin K 31.3 μg (30%)
Calcium 82 mg (8%)
Iron 0.62 mg (5%)
Magnesium 57 mg (16%)
Potassium 299 mg (6%)
Zinc 0.58 mg (6%)
(source: Wikipedia)
As you can see okra does contain a bit of calcium, it is quite sweet, it contains a hint of fat. However it does contain a very good amount of vitamin c which is great for guinea pigs.
This means that guinea pigs can eat okra but only one to two times a week due to its sugar and calcium content. But otherwise it is very good for guinea pigs.