Jalapenos are medium-sized chili peppers with smooth flesh that hangs down. These peppers are typically consumed green, but they are rarely left unpicked to ripen and turn red, yellow, or orange. It is popular for cooking a variety of meals, but it is not recommended to feed pets, particularly guinea pigs.
Guinea pigs cannot eat jalapenos. These peppers are too hot and strong for guinea pigs’ delicate stomachs. The guinea pig’s stomach may become upset, cramped, or painful.
Nutrition Facts of Jalapenos
These are the nutrition facts for 100 g (3 oz) jalapenos:
- Low in calories – 30
- Carbs – 6.3 g
- Protein – 1.3 g
- Fiber – 2.8 g
- Sugars – 3.5 g
- 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 – 10 mg
- Iron – 4%
- Magnesium – 5%
- Phosphorus – 3%
- Potassium – 6%
- Zinc – 2%
- Copper – 7%
- Manganese – 13%
Can Jalapenos Be Bad for Guinea Pigs? | Possible Risks
If the cavy tries the jalapenos, it would literally suffer from pain because of how hot and spicy it is. The stomach will be crampy, hurting, and 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.
Jalapeno peppers also have calcium and phosphorus. These two minerals are good for creating strong bone tissues. However, 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.
Quick Facts on Jalapenos
- In Mexico, around 40.000 acres are reserved for jalapenos cultivation, near the Papaloapan river.
- Commercial chilies, including jalapenos, are mostly produced in China, Spain, Peru, and India.
- The Aztecs were the first ones to use jalapenos. 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 for 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.
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