Tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers are all members of the nightshade family of vegetables. Compared to other fruits, it is a good source of fiber, but it is lacking in vitamin C and a host of other nutrients.
If you’ve learned that you can give eggplant to your guinea pigs and are curious about the amount and frequency with which you should do so, continue reading. Consequently, let us jump right into it without further ado.
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Nutrition in eggplant
|Vitamin C||2.2 mg/ 100 g|
|Vitamin K||3.5 µg/100 g|
|Vitamin A||1 µg/ 100 g|
|Carotene||14 µg/ 100 g|
|Lutein + Zeaxanthin||36 µg/ 100 g|
|Calcium||9 mg/ 100 g|
|Phosphorous||24 mg/ 100 g|
|Potassium||229 mg/ 100 g|
|Fiber||3 g/ 100 g|
|Sugar||3.53 g/ 100 g|
|Magnesium||14 mg/ 100 g|
|Carbs||5.88 g/ 100 g|
|Fat||0.18 g/ 100 g|
|Water||92.3 g/ 100 g|
Antioxidants are substances that help the body eliminate free radical – unstable molecules that can damage cells if they accumulate in a large amount. Eggplant having antioxidants can help fight many diseases.
Eggplant is fat-free, and there is less than 1 gram of protein in a single serving of eggplant.
When we talk about other vitamins and minerals, they are not present in a sufficient amount that could benefit our guinea pig.
Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, niacin, copper, and magnesium are present in eggplant but not in an adequate amount. However, it provides 11% of manganese in daily intake.
- Dietary Fiber: Eggplant is a good source of dietary fiber. This fiber is a necessary nutrient as it aids our guinea pig’s digestive system and helps in regular bowel movement in the body. It also maintains glucose and cholesterol levels.
- Water: Eggplants have 92 gram/100gram of water that can keep our guinea pig’s body hydrated. It helps to reduce the chances of them suffering from diarrhea.
- Manganese: Eggplant has 11% of manganese in them. Manganese helps to maintain bone density. It interacts with calcium and vitamin D to maintain bone health. Lack of manganese has shown impair bone formation and reduce bone mineral density.
- Carbohydrates: One cup of raw eggplant has 20.5 calories and carbs up to 5 grams. Carbohydrates promote metabolic activity in the body. There is almost 3 gram of naturally occurring sugar in eggplant.
Are guinea pigs allowed eggplant?
Yes, guinea pigs are permitted to consume eggplant.
However, from a nutritional standpoint, you should avoid feeding your guinea pig eggplant because it does not contain enough vitamins and minerals for our guinea pig.
Despite the fact that they are extremely tasty! Your guinea pig will find it extremely amusing, but it’s best and most enjoyable if you feed them in moderation at all times.
The stems and green leaves should be carefully removed because they are members of the nightshade family and, due to the presence of solanine in the flower and leaves, they can be poisonous if consumed in large quantities.
However, some guinea pig owners advise against giving their animals eggplant, and I don’t entirely agree with them.
According to my personal experience and research, eggplants are deficient in certain essential nutrients that our guinea pig requires, but they are high in dietary fiber, which helps to improve the condition of our guinea pig’s heart and aids in digestion.
When feeding eggplant to your guinea pigs, there are several dangers to be aware of, including the following:
- Lack of Vitamin C: Eggplant lacks Vitamin C, which is the essential nutrient for our guinea pigs. This is one of the reasons we cannot feed guinea pig eggplant every day.
- Possibility of Diarrhea: Sugar can be challenging for our guinea pig to digest. It contains 3 grams of sugar. Intake of too much sugar can be harmful to our guinea pig. It can lead to stomach aches as well as diarrhea.
- Allergy: There is a possibility that your guinea pig can be allergic to eggplant. That is why it is essential to be slow when you newly introduce eggplant to your guinea pig.
- Try feeding them in small quantities, and if you notice any sign allergy, including rashes, stomach aches, etc then stop feeding immediately.
Are eggplant good for guinea pigs?
Eggplant is classified as a “junk snack” for our guinea pig, which means it should only be fed once in a while.
It contains a significant amount of fiber. Also included in the composition are trace amounts of vitamins and minerals such as calcium and phosphorus.
As a result, it is beneficial to feed them once in a while to keep their diet interesting. However, it does not represent a reduction in their daily calorie intake.
The following are some of the advantages of feeding eggplant to your guinea pigs:
- Healthy bones: Eggplant is a good source of manganese. Our body needs manganese for several functions; one of them is to keep the bones healthy. Manganese helps nutrients like calcium and vitamin D to dissolve in our collection.
- Healthy weight maintenance: Plants which possess fiber in abundant amount are associate with healthy weight maintenance. Eggplant can reduce the risk of overweight or obesity.
- Improves eyesight and vision: Eggplant contains antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants help to boost eyesight and eye health. It also helps in countering eye-related diseases and complications.
- Improves heart health: Eggplant possesses nutrients such as fiber, potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, and antioxidants, which helps in reducing the risk of heart disease.
- Lower the level of cholesterol: The dietary fiber found in eggplant helps to reduce cholesterol levels. This also helps to bring down the chances of heart failure and diseases.
- Lower the chances of cancer: The polyphenols found in eggplant reduce the growth of the cancer-causing disease. It helps in preventing tumor growth and the spread of cancer cells.
Despite having so many health benefits, it is observed that eggplant does not benefit our pig much.
I will tell why so, as they have an inadequate amount of essential nutrients in them that are needed by our guinea pigs.
For example- it doesn’t have enough Vitamin C, which is required by our cavies on daily basics as they cannot produce Vitamin C on their own.
Eggplant comes under guinea pig’s junk food. So you should know how much quantity you can feed them.
How much serving of eggplant can I feed to my guinea pigs?
An eggplant can be consumed in small slices by a Guinea pig over an extended period of time. If you serve them in large quantities, your guinea pig may develop health problems as a result.
Because eggplant is deficient in Vitamin C, it should not be consumed on a regular basis. It is preferable to combine it with other foods that contain a high concentration of vitamin C for our guinea pig who is following a strict diet regimen.
I frequently combine it with vegetables such as bell peppers, chards, kale, arugula, spinach, and other greens because they are high in Vitamin C.
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To make it easier for your guinea pigs to consume the eggplant, cut it into small pieces before serving it to them.
And believe me when I say that they will adore it if you prepare a food bowl with other vegetables in addition to the eggplant.
It would not only be healthy, but it would also be extremely delicious for our cavy. They are huge fans of eggplant’s flavor. Never try to overfeed them; always feed them in moderate quantities.
How often can I feed eggplant to my guinea pigs?
If you choose to feed your guinea pigs eggplant, you can feed them once or twice but not more than that.
Eggplant is low in vitamin C; the ratio of potassium and calcium is a bit small.
Sugar content is pretty good and also high in oxalates. So moderating feeding of eggplant would be suitable for our guinea pigs.
Overfeeding these minerals can lead to sludge and bladder stones in some scenarios.
Can baby guinea pigs eat eggplant?
No, baby guinea pigs should not eat eggplant.
Eggplants do not possess any nutritional value, and baby guinea pigs need nutrition in their diet for proper growth and development of their body.
Eggplant helps against weight management, cholesterol level, heart disease, and these problems can be faced by adult guinea pigs.
Baby guinea pigs are already light in weight, so you don’t have to worry about losing weight.
Can guinea pigs eat eggplant skin
Some of us prefer to eat eggplant with the skin, but our guinea pig’s tummy is not as healthy as ours. So, we cannot feed eggplant along with its skin to our guinea pigs.
Also, The skin of eggplant contains nasunin. Nasunin is a substance or free radical that gives color to eggplant skin.
It can be tough for our guinea pigs to digest it if fed in excess. Thus, it is best to serve the flesh in small quantities only.
Can guinea pigs eat eggplant seed?
Eggplant seeds are soft, small, and edible. A Guinea pig can easily digest seeds of eggplant. There is no harm in feeding your guinea pig eggplant seed.
And as for the matter of fact, how can we separate the seed from the eggplant.
For example- can you remove seeds of guava? No, right! In the same way, seeds of eggplant are very small, soft that can be consumed without any issue.
Can guinea pigs eat raw eggplant?
Yes, it is best to serve raw eggplant to your guinea pigs.
Guinea pig won’t have a problem chewing the eggplant. You can feed them raw eggplant but in small pieces.
Do wash them properly and never feed them the stem portion, and it can be poisonous.
You can provide them with other safe tree stems like apple, willow, birch, etc.
If you see any sign of discomfort in feeding your raw eggplant, avoid feeding your cavy eggplant.
Can guinea pigs eat baby eggplant?
Yes, guinea pigs can eat baby eggplant but in small quantities.
Baby eggplant have almost identical nutrients to their regular counterpart. Thus, you can serve the same as snacks.
How to feed guinea pigs eggplant?
These are the following steps to feed guinea pigs eggplant:
- The first step is to select an eggplant for your guinea pig. It must be firm and substantial in size, with smooth, glossy skin and an intense purple hue. Avoid buying any thin, small, light-weighted, and discolored one.
- The second step to wash them properly make sure there is no dirt on its surface. And always remove the leafy part and stem. They can be poisonous for our guinea pig.
- The third step is to remove the stalks away as it can be toxic as well as choking hazards for your guinea pig. After removing the stalks, you can cut the eggplant into slices, strips.
- When you will cut them, always cut it in smaller pieces that wouldn’t create any choking problem.
- If you want, you can mix them with other veggies that are higher in vitamin C for health benefits purposes.
- When cutting an eggplant, use a stainless steel knife, not a carbon steel knife, to prevent a photochemical reaction that can cause the eggplant to turn black.
- The final step is to serve the eggplant in a bowl in limited quantity.
- Always ensure to remove the leftovers from the cage. As uneaten foods are the hotspots for bacteria. It can also attract flies and rats towards your guinea pigs.
Conclusion: Guinea pigs and Eggplants
- Eggplant is a good source of fiber. Other vitamins and minerals are in relatively small amounts. When fed in moderation, it can be beneficial to your guinea pig’s health.
- It is a very tasty snack for our guinea pigs, who are extremely fond of the flavor of this treat.
- It is acceptable to serve eggplant once or twice a week in small portions because moderation is the key to living a healthy life. They will not benefit from excessive feeding of eggplant because it contains no nutritional value.
- As a general rule, if you’re feeding your guinea pig eggplant for the first time, it’s best to start with a small amount because some of them may be allergic to it.
- Eggplant aids in the management of our cavies’ weight, the prevention of cancer, the improvement of their eyesight, and the control of their cholesterol levels.
- The skin of an eggplant, as well as its seeds, can be consumed by a Guinea pig. It is not recommended that you feed eggplant skin to your guinea pig if he or she is iron deficient.
- This mouth-watering treat is well-deserved by your guinea pig. The taste of eggplant cannot be replaced by the regular food that you provide to them.