can gerbils eat almonds

Can Gerbils Eat Almonds?

Almonds are an oval edible nut seed grown from the almond tree. They grow in a woody shell and are eaten widely as a snack around the world.

They are also used as a culinary ingredient in many types of food dishes, such as main meals in different cultures and civilizations and also in desserts.

Many think of them as a nut but they are actually a legume.

So can gerbils eat almonds at all?

Let’s take a look at the nutritional information about them and find out more about them. It’s always good to see what a food actually contains in order to make a decision as to whether they would be good for a gerbil to eat or not.

As per usual, their fat, sugar, phosphorus, acidic content and water content is of most importance as far as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 2,408 kJ (576 kcal)
Carbohydrates
21.69 g
Starch 0.74 g
Sugars
lactose
3.89 g
0.00 g
Dietary fiber 12.2 g
Fat
49.42 g
Saturated 3.731 g
Monounsaturated 30.889 g
Polyunsaturated 12.070 g
Protein
21.22 g
Tryptophan 0.214 g
Threonine 0.598 g
Isoleucine 0.702 g
Leucine 1.488 g
Lysine 0.580 g
Methionine 0.151 g
Cystine 0.189 g
Phenylalanine 1.120 g
Tyrosine 0.452 g
Valine 0.817 g
Arginine 2.446 g
Histidine 0.557 g
Alanine 1.027 g
Aspartic acid 2.911 g
Glutamic acid 6.810 g
Glycine 1.469 g
Proline 1.032 g
Serine 0.948 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(0%) 1 μg
1 μg
Vitamin A 1 IU
Thiamine (B1) (18%) 0.211 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (85%) 1.014 mg
Niacin (B3) (23%) 3.385 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(9%) 0.469 mg
Vitamin B6 (11%) 0.143 mg
Folate (B9) (13%) 50 μg
Choline (11%) 52.1 mg
Vitamin C (0%) 0 mg
Vitamin D (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin E (175%) 26.2 mg
Vitamin K (0%) 0.0 μg
Minerals
Calcium (26%) 264 mg
Iron (29%) 3.72 mg
Magnesium (75%) 268 mg
Manganese (109%) 2.285 mg
Phosphorus (69%) 484 mg
Potassium (15%) 705 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (32%) 3.08 mg
Other constituents
Water 4.70 g

source wikipedia

As you can see almonds contain a lot of phosphorus, acidic content, and fat content is extremely high.

Yes they can in small amounts just one or two at the most on an occasional basis, and they can eat them salted or unsalted.

If they have more than this, it may make them sick because they just can’t handle to much foods that have excess fat and acidic content in them.

If you feed them almonds they will eat as many as you give them, so do take care with how many you feed them. So do take care with how much you give them.