Our cute, little and fuzzy guinea pigs are a lot more sensitive than they tend to seem. Their diet is limited to raw foods and they are not allowed to eat every type of vegetable, fruit or herb. In this article, we are going to discuss peaches as potential food for the guinea pigs.
Can guinea pigs eat peaches? Yes, guinea pigs can definitely eat peaches. However, they can eat peaches only as a treat, not as a primary meal or main part of the diet. Peaches are fruits, and fruits generally contain high amounts of sugar, this is the problem when it comes to peaches. Guinea pigs are sensitive to sugar and for this reason, you need to be careful when giving them peaches.
Only small serving sizes of peaches are allowed and the maximum frequency is 2 times a week. Guinea pigs can also eat the skin of a peach. However, do not give them peaches with their skin on if you didn’t wash the peach properly – traces of pesticides could be still present on the skin of peach and they need to be washed away.
If you want to know more about health benefits, nutrition facts and potential risks that peaches can have on the guinea pigs, please keep reading the following sections below.
Health Benefits of Guinea Pigs Eating Peaches
The following are some of the health benefits that guinea pigs can achieve from consuming peaches:
Rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants are incredibly healthy for guinea pigs. They can stop various diseases and somewhat prevent the aging process.
Peaches can prevent some types of cancers
There are certain antioxidants in peaches called caffeic acid and carotenoids. These two antioxidants during different studies have shown anticancer protection and effectiveness.
Healthy immune system
Because peaches contain vitamin A they are good for boosting guinea pig’s immune system.
Nutrition Facts of Peaches
Per 100g of peaches, these are the nutrition facts:
- Calories: 39
- Total fat: 0.3 g
- Potassium: 190 mg
- Dietary fiber: 1.5 g
- Sugar: 8 g
- Protein: 0.9 g
- Vitamin A: 6%
- Vitamin C: 11%
- Calcium: 0%
- Iron: 1%
- Magnesium 2%
Source: Stone Fruits – Peaches
- Vitamin C
Peaches are a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants. Guinea pigs, just like humans, cannot produce vitamin C. They need to get it from different foods. Guinea pigs need about 10 to 30 mg of vitamin C daily, otherwise, they can get very sick (scurvy). Vitamin C is so important to them because it regulates their metabolism, it prevents them from getting cold, it helps with digestion and the list could go on forever.
If you accidentally give them a little too much at once, this won’t cause any problems. Guinea pigs cannot produce or store vitamin C – so, it will be eliminated through urine.
- Low in fat
Low in fat foods are pretty much recommended for most pets in general. Fatty foods (such as processed foods) cause a higher level of cholesterol, higher heart rates and in the long run, it can be very damaging.
Risks to Consider When Feeding Peaches to Guinea Pigs
These are the following risks that you need to consider if you want to feed peaches to your guinea pig:
- A high amount of sugar – the number one risk that I quickly pointed out at the beginning is the sugar content of peaches. Guinea pigs are very sensitive to sugar and they have trouble digesting it.
- Pesticides – this can be a problem with every type of fruit and in order to avoid this if you don’t trust the source where you bought peaches simply peel the skin off and feed them only the flesh of the peach. Even if you know for a fact the peaches are from a natural and safe source, wash them with care. Any bacteria that is on them can irritate their digestive system.
Quick Facts On Peaches
Peaches are more important for some people than you ever thought was possible:
- Georgia is known as “The Peach State”.
- Peaches are in stores from June until August.
- They have high levels of vitamin A and C.
- A normal peach has less than 70 calories and it contains around 3 grams of fiber.
- If you want your peaches to get ripe, leave them at room temperature. If you don’t this then put them in the fridge to keep them fresh.
- They look a lot like nectarines, but peaches are fuzzy, nectarines are smooth.
- When you buy peaches, look at them and avoid any peaches with black spots, or those that feel ripe.
- August is The National Peach Month.
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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