Can Guinea Pigs Eat Jalapenos? (Risks, Facts & More)

You probably know what are jalapenos, even if you never tried them. The jalapenos are the chili peppers of medium size, with a smooth flesh, hanging down. Usually, these peppers are consumed green, but rarely they are left unpicked to ripen and become red, yellow, or orange. Jalapenos is a pretty hot pepper, but still not as hot as other famous chili peppers. The jalapeno is very popular for cooking various meals, but this can be tricky when it comes to feeding them to pets. In this article, we are going to explore the possibility of giving jalapenos to our guinea pigs.

Can guinea pigs eat jalapenos? No, guinea pigs cannot eat jalapenos. These peppers are too hot and strong for the gentle stomachs of guinea pigs. As a result of consuming jalapenos, the stomach of the guinea pig’s might get upset, cramped or get painful.

The guinea pigs can eat bell peppers for example, but never hot or chili peppers. The good thing about jalapenos is that they have vitamin C, and some other nutrients too, which we will cover in the sections below. But, the bad thing is that they are simply too hot for almost everyone. Just try to imagine what it would be like if the little guinea pigs consumed these hot peppers. The poor cavy couldn’t even tell you that this pepper is too hot, so it would just helplessly make sounds and jump around the cage!

Main Health Benefits of Guinea Pigs Eating Jalapenos

The guinea pigs cannot consume the jalapenos as we mentioned above. These peppers are too hot and spicy for the gentle digestive systems of guinea pigs. But, if they could consume them, some of these benefits would be a healthy weight, a good amount of antioxidants for a stronger immune system and scurvy prevention because they contain high amounts of vitamin C.

Nutrition Facts of Jalapenos

These are the nutrition facts for 100 g (3 oz) jalapenos:

  • Low in calories – 30
  • Carbs – 6.3g
  • Protein – 1.3g
  • Fiber – 2.8g
  • Sugars – 3.5g
  • Vitamin A – 16%
  • Vitamin C – 74%
  • Fat – 1%
  • Vitamin E – 2%
  • Vitamin K – 12%
  • Thiamin – 10%
  • Riboflavin – 3%
  • Niacin – 6%
  • Vitamin B6 – 25%
  • Folate – 12%
  • Pantothenic acid – 2%
  • Calcium – 10mg
  • Iron – 4%
  • Magnesium – 5%
  • Phosphorus – 3%
  • Potassium – 6%
  • Zinc – 2%
  • Copper – 7%
  • Manganese – 13%

Risks to Consider When Feeding Jalapenos to Guinea Pigs

  • Upset digestive system – the jalapenos are too hot and spicy even for us, right? So for guinea pigs, you can imagine they would just cause a lot of problems. For example, if the cavy tries the jalapenos, it would literally suffer from pain! The stomach will be crampy, hurting, bloated, the cavy might get diarrhea, or jump around the cage panicking. This definitely upsets the digestive system of such a small and fragile organism.


  • The sugar in jalapenos – might not be extremely too much, but it is enough to further upset the stomach even more. The guinea pigs cannot digest sugars very well, so any food with sugars, and hot like peppers too, will be an awful choice for the guinea pigs.


  • Urinary complications – jalapeno peppers also have calcium and phosphorus. These two minerals are good for creating strong bone tissues, but sadly, they are not so much beneficial for grown guinea pigs. These nutrients will even damage the urinary health of cavies. When calcium and phosphorus deposit in the body of cavies, there is a risk of urinary stones, urinary infections, bloody urine, or painful urination.

Since the guinea pigs cannot consume the jalapenos, there isn’t proper advice for serving, frequency or preparation.

  • What Will Happen If My Cavy Tries Jalapeno or Eats Too Much of It?

If by any chance the guinea pig tries or eats a jalapeno pepper, you will surely recognize the warning signs. The cavy will make strange sounds or even disturbing sounds, it will move around the cage fast like it’s panicking.

  • If Jalapenos Are Too Hot for the Cavy, Can I Give Him Some Other Pepper Types?

Well not really. The cavy must never eat any spicy or hot food, so all peppers like these are out of the question! The guinea pigs are allowed to eat bell peppers (in moderation due to the amount of sugar).

Quick Facts on Jalapenos

  • In Mexico, around 40.000 acres are reserved for jalapenos cultivation, near the Papaloapan river.
  • The commercial chilies, including the jalapenos, are mostly produced in China, Spain, Peru, and India.
  • The Aztecs were the first ones to use jalapenos, and they first dried them and smoked them, instead of directly eating them.
  • The pungency of jalapenos is ‘mild to medium’.
  • Jalapenos have a shelf life of 5 weeks tops, and they are always stored at 45°F.
  • Did you know that jalapenos traveled into space? These peppers were in the NASA shuttle!
  • The jalapenos can be made into jello, pickled, smoked, stuffed, as decoration to drinks, stuffed with cheese, breaded and fried, into salsa and chili, and much more.
  • Alfredo Hernandez ate 16 jalapenos in one minute and he is noted in the Guinness World Records.
  • Patrick Bertoletti ate 275 pickled jalapenos in 8 minutes, another record!
  • Jalapenos can be dark green or red and bright red.
  • Jalapenos are planted in the spring when the air and soil are warm.
  • When handling jalapenos, you must always wear thin rubber gloves because these peppers can irritate the skin.

Before I let you go, one final thought on food. With food, you can’t ever be too careful which is why I get all guinea pig food from a reliable source such as Amazon. If you are not sure what to order but believe your little piggies deserve some great treats please check our Helpful Guide to the Best Guinea Pig Treats to get some ideas. We have also made a full list of foods that guinea pigs can and can’t eat (150+ Types of Foods). Be sure to also check our recommended products page for everything you will ever need to assure a happy life for your Guinea Pigs. Hope this information was helpful and you have found the answer you were looking for.

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