There is no one that would refuse delicious raspberries. This fruit is really a gourmet fruit and it is consumed in every way possible – juices, smoothies, fruit salads, in ice creams, on top of desserts, or fresh and raw. It is not just tasty, but also very healthy as well. So, if our guinea pigs are vegetarians, we can say that they can eat raspberries, right? But, let’s check for sure if this is true.
Can guinea pigs eat raspberries? Yes, guinea pigs can eat raspberries. This fruit is very rich in vitamin C, which is amazing for the guinea pigs. However, as with any fruit, it has sugar as well, which is not so perfect for our guinea pigs. That’s why raspberries should be fed in moderate amounts and not too often. Twice a week is a normal frequency, and the serving should be several raspberries, so not too much.
Well in any case, at least guinea pigs can taste and enjoy this delicious fruit. We must pay attention to how often we feed them raspberries and how much, in order to avoid any health problems in the guinea pigs. In the sections below we will discuss all the risks, benefits and useful facts about raspberries as potential food for your guinea pig.
Health Benefits of Guinea Pigs Eating Raspberries
- Scurvy prevention – the vitamin C in raspberries will make the guinea pig healthier and it will fight off the fatal scurvy disease (symptoms: no appetite, weight loss, diarrhea, discharge and bleedings, rough coat)
- Antioxidants – vitamin A is a strong antioxidant present in raspberries, and it will practically remove the risk of any disease!
- Healthy blood – the iron and copper in raspberries will make the blood healthier, and less prone to anemia.
Nutrition Facts of Raspberries
For 100 g (3 oz) of raspberries, here are the nutrients:
- A normal amount of calories – 52 calories. This is not too much or too little, so the weight of guinea pig is not at risk from major changes at all.
- Carbs and proteins – in raspberries there are also 11.9 g of carbs and 1.2 g of proteins. The carbs could contribute to weight gain if the guinea pig eats too many raspberries.
- Fiber – 6.5 g. This amount of fiber is good and it will improve the digestion and bowel movements. If the guinea pig lacks fibers in the diet, it will suffer from constipation. On the other hand, if it eats too much fibers, it can have gasses and loose stool.
- Sugar – 4.4 g. The amount of sugar in raspberries is quite big. This is definitely not good for the guinea pig. Too much sugars in their diet, even from fruits, will cause painful digestion, stomach cramps, and similar problems.
- Low in fat – 0.7 g. It is good news that raspberries don’t contain much fat. Less fat is good for the cardiovascular system because the blood vessels will remain unclogged.
- Vitamin A – 1%. This vitamin is a potent antioxidant. It removes the free radicals of the body and inflammation as well. Apart from the immunity boost, also the kidneys, lungs, heart, skin, vision will be much healthier.
- Vitamin C – 44%. Guinea pigs don’t produce vitamin C naturally and they can’t store it either. So they need a constant supply of this vitamin in order to have perfect health. Raspberries are full of vitamin C!
- Vitamin E – 4%. The vitamin E keeps the skin healthy, fights off inflammations of the skin and also prevents skin cancer as well. Other benefits of this vitamin are the prevention of heart diseases and better eye health.
- Vitamin K – 10%. The K vitamin is important for making the prothrombin.
- Vitamin B6 – 3%. This vitamin boosts the serotonin production (happiness hormone), removes stress and helps with better sleep too.
- Pantothenic acid – 3%. Also named B5 vitamin, it is important because it converts all consumed foods into energy.
- Calcium – 25 mg. Raspberries have a lot of calcium and this is not very good for the guinea pigs. Excess calcium means they will have more urinary problems, some of them can be fatal. More details in the ‘Risks’ section below.
- Iron – 4%. With enough iron in the body, the blood will be healthy and less prone to anemia.
- Magnesium – 5%. A mineral that removes muscle pains, keeps all muscle tissues healthy and strong, but also it can prevent diabetes and anxiety.
- Potassium – 4%. The potassium balances the blood pressure and it keeps the cardiovascular health in good shape as well.
Remember, in order to avoid health risks for the guinea pig, feed it with raspberries only 2 times per week, and less than a handful for a serving (several raspberries).
Risks to Consider When Feeding Raspberries to Guinea Pigs
- Urinary problems – the calcium in the raspberries is a serious threat to the health of the guinea pig. When guinea pigs grow up, they don’t need calcium that much. Only when they are young they can use this mineral for the formation of strong bone tissues. If grown cavies consume too much calcium, they will get urinary stones, or blood in urine and even infections and pains in the urinary tract.
- Painful digestion and upset stomach – the raspberries have quite a lot of sugar, and fibers too. These two nutrients combined in large doses will definitely upset the tummy of your guinea pig. There will be pains, gasses, loose stool and cramping, so give raspberries only in small amounts!
- Risk of weight changes – There is a small risk of weight gain from eating raspberries. They are not very caloric, but they have a lot of carbs and sugars (the main factors for weight gain). Of course, this won’t happen to your cavy, because you will pay attention to the servings, right?
Quick Facts on Raspberries
- There are more than 200 types of raspberries worldwide, but only 2 are most popular for cultivation
- There is a National Raspberry Popover and Tart day, on May 3rd
- National Raspberry Cake Day is July 31st
- National Raspberries and Cream day is August 7th
- The first writings mentioning raspberry cultivation date back to 4 A.D.
- The raspberries can grow in other colors too; golden, purple, pink, or red.
- Raspberries also have phytonutrients that lower blood pressure and remove joint pains and inflammations
- Russia produces the most raspberries in the world – 125.000 tons every year
- The raspberries belong in the family of roses and blackberries!
- In the past, raspberries symbolized kindness.
- The leaves of raspberry are used for making tea
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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