Tangerines are related to other types of orange fruits such as mandarins, satsumas, and clementines.
They are used in salads, desserts and other culinary dishes but a popularly eaten raw after being peeled.
So can guinea pigs eat tangerines and if they can how much of them can be eaten?
Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, their phosphorus, acidic, calcium, sugar and fat content is pertinent as far as guinea pigs are concerned.
Energy 223 kJ (53 kcal)
Carbohydrates 13.34 g
– Sugars 10.58 g
– Dietary fiber 1.8 g
Fat 0.31 g
Protein 0.81 g
Vitamin A equiv. 34 μg (4%)
– beta-carotene 155 μg (1%)
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.058 mg (5%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.036 mg (3%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.376 mg (3%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.216 mg (4%)
Vitamin B6 0.078 mg (6%)
Folate (vit. B9) 16 μg (4%)
Choline 10.2 mg (2%)
Vitamin C 26.7 mg (32%)
Vitamin E 0.2 mg (1%)
Calcium 37 mg (4%)
Iron 0.15 mg (1%)
Magnesium 12 mg (3%)
Manganese 0.039 mg (2%)
Phosphorus 20 mg (3%)
Potassium 166 mg (4%)
Sodium 2 mg (0%)
Zinc 0.07 mg (1%)
(source: Wikipedia)
As you can see, tangerines contain a hint of phosphorus, calcium, and fat. But they are quite sweet and acidic as well.
However, as with other oranges, they also contain a good amount of vitamin c.
So with this in mind, guinea pigs can eat tangerines but only once or twice a week in small amounts.
They can’t eat the seeds or pips though.
Can guinea pigs eat tangerine peel?
Yes they can, they are fine for guinea pigs to eat and provide good amounts of vitamin c as with the fruit.