A satsuma is quite like an orange, tangerine or mandarin but it has loose skin and its flavour is less intense.
It is an easier fruit to peel and is less juicy as well. It is a great orange to eat on the go.
So can guinea pigs eat satsumas, and if they can, how much can they eat of them?
lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more
In particular, their phosphorus, acidic, sugar, fat and calcium content are of particular interest.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.24g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.03g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10.1g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1.4g 6%
Sugar 8g ~
Protein 0.6g ~
Vitamin A 10% • Vitamin C 34%
Calcium 3% • Iron 1%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Vitamins %DV
Vitamin A 517.56IU 10%
Retinol equivalents 25.84μg ~
Retinol 0μg ~
Alpha-carotene 76.76μg ~
Beta-carotene 117.8μg ~
Beta-cryptoxanthin 309.32μg ~
Vitamin C 20.29mg 34%
Vitamin E 0.15mg 1%
Vitamin K 0μg 0%
Vitamin B12 0μg 0%
Thiamin 0.044mg 3%
Riboflavin 0.027mg 2%
Niacin 0.286mg 1%
Pantothenic acid 0.164mg 2%
Vitamin B6 0.059mg 3%
Folate 12.16μg 3%
Folic Acid 0μg ~
Food Folate 12.16μg ~
Dietary Folate Equivalents 12.16μg ~
Choline 7.75mg ~
Lycopene 0μg ~
Lutein+zeazanthin 104.88μg ~
Minerals %DV
Calcium 28.12mg 3%
Iron 0.11mg 1%
Magnesium 9.12mg 2%
Phosphorus 15.2mg 2%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Potassium 126.16mg 4%
Zinc 0.05mg 0%
Copper 0.032mg 2%
Manganese 0.03mg 2%
Selenium 0.08μg 0%
Water 64.73g ~
Ash 0.29g ~
Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/nutritionfacts/nutrition-comparison.php?o=9218&t=&h=&s=76.00&e=&r=#dj2Q3HgExGjcxeiT.99
As you can see satsumas have a hint of fat, calcium and phosphorus, and they are also quite sweet and acidic.
But as with other types of orange, they also contain a good amount of vitamin c as well.
So guinea pigs can eat satsumas, but only once or twice a week because of their sugar and acidic content.
But they are a nice addition to their diets all the same because of the vitamin c content.
However do take out the pips first before feeding them.