There is always one veggie that we absolutely love to use for most of our meals, and that is the bell pepper. Today we are discussing the yellow bell pepper. A delicious veggie for almost any recipe. Let’s see if yellow bell peppers are safe food for our guinea pigs.
Can guinea pigs eat yellow bell peppers? Yes, guinea pigs can eat yellow bell peppers. These type of bell peppers are good for them because they have lots of vitamin C – a crucial vitamin for the guinea pigs and their survival. But, yellow bell peppers also have a lot of sugar too, and sugar is not so well digested by the fragile stomachs of the guinea pigs. So, twice per week is the optimal frequency of serving, not more.
Yellow bell pepper is a truly beneficial and healthy veggie for the guinea pigs, but of course, serve them in moderation due to the sugar. The best part is that our guinea pigs can benefit from vitamin C, which makes them healthy and protected from the dangerous scurvy disease (more in the sections below). Let’s see what else is in the yellow bell peppers, and find out more about the pros and cons of this veggie as food for the guinea pigs.
Health Benefits of Feeding Yellow Bell Peppers to Guinea Pigs
- Healthy weight – the yellow bell pepper is low in calories, carbs and protein, and low in fat too. All of these nutrients can affect the weight of the guinea pig if they are consumed in excess.
- Antioxidants – this veggie has two very strong antioxidants; the vitamin A and manganese. All the organs will be healthy, and immunity will be in great shape overall.
- Scurvy prevention – without enough vitamin C, the guinea pigs cannot be healthy. They don’t make this vitamin on their own, so any food or supplement with vitamin C is beneficial for them. With a good amount of this vitamin, they won’t get the scurvy disease (symptoms: weight loss, diarrhea, loss of appetite, rough coat, bleedings, and discharges).
- Healthy blood – there is also iron and copper in the yellow bell pepper. These nutrients ensure the blood is healthy and not prone to anemia.
Nutrition Facts of Yellow Bell Peppers
These are the nutrition facts for a serving of 3 ounces of yellow bell pepper, raw:
- Low in calories – 27 calories. Yellow bell peppers are very low in calories, yet they are nutritious. They are not fattening and these calories won’t affect the weight of your guinea pig.
- Low in proteins and carbs – carbs 6.3g, and protein 1 g. This is a good ratio of carbs and proteins for a veggie.
- Sugar – 5 g. This amount of sugar is quite high, and this isn’t very good for the stomachs of guinea pigs. They don’t digest sugars well and with sugar they might get cramps, gasses or loose stool.
- Vitamin A – 4%. The vitamin A is an antioxidant that keeps the health of the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, vision, and it boosts the immunity.
- Vitamin C – 306%. Who would’ve imagined yellow bell pepper is so rich in vitamin C? This is great news far for the guinea pig. Without vitamin C, the guinea pigs are prone to scurvy.
- Vitamin B6 – 8%. The B6 vitamin reduces stress, helps with better sleep, and it helps with the serotonin production (hormone for feeling happiness).
- Calcium – 1%. Luckily, there isn’t too much calcium in the yellow bell peppers. This mineral is very harmful to the guinea pigs in excess (more details in the ‘Risks’ section below).
- Magnesium – 3%. Magnesium makes bones healthier, and it prevents from diabetes and heart problems too.
- Potassium – 6%. Potassium lowers the high blood pressure, prevents the reducing of muscle mass and it keeps the optimal bone density.
- Copper – 5%. This nutrient creates the red cells in the blood. It works together with the iron to make the blood healthier, and it improves the immunity too.
- Manganese – 6%. Manganese is a very strong antioxidant. It prevents many diseases caused by free radicals, it regulates the blood sugar, and it lessens inflammations.
For the serving size give them half of the yellow bell pepper two times per week. You don’t have to slice it into thinner pieces.
Risks of Feeding Yellow Bell Peppers to Guinea Pigs
- Bad digestion – the sugar in the yellow bell peppers is a bit too high for the gentle stomachs of the guinea pigs. They can’t consume too much sugar, and if they consume it in excess, they will get cramps, pains during digestion, problems with the bowel emptying, or even loose stool.
- Urinary problems – the calcium in the yellow bell pepper is also not good for the guinea pigs. This mineral severely damages the urinary tract. How? Well, calcium in excess causes urinary stones in guinea pigs. Not just that, it also can cause bloody urine, pain during urination and infections. If you don’t cure this in time with the help of a vet, it can result in renal failure (the kidneys stop working).
Quick Facts About Yellow Bell Peppers
- In botanical terms, the bell pepper is technically a fruit, but for culinary purposes, they are considered veggies.
- Bell peppers are also called ‘capsicum’. The word ‘capsicum’ comes from the Greek word ‘kapto’, meaning ‘to bite’.
- Bell peppers are native to South America and Central America.
- The seeds for bell peppers were brought to Spain, back in 1493, and after that people have spread them to other countries in Europe and Asia.
- The common colors of bell peppers are: red, yellow, orange, and green. There are other color varieties, such as dark purple, white, lavender, and brown.
- Bell peppers are also consumed dried and pickled
- China produces the highest amount of bell peppers worldwide; after that on the list are Turkey, Mexico, USA, and Indonesia
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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