can gerbils eat bean sprouts

Can Gerbils Eat Bean Sprouts?

Bean sprouts are ingredients that are commonly used in Eastern Asian cuisine. They are made from sprouting beans.

They are typically made from greenish-capped mung beans. other bean sprouts are usually yellow, larger-grained soy sprouts. They usually take around one week for them to be completely grown. Sprouted beans tend to be more nutritious than original beans and don’t need as much cooking time.

So can gerbils eat bean sprouts?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, we are interested in their acidic, water, sugar, phosphorus, salt, fat, and calcium content as fat as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 126 kJ (30 kcal)
5.94 g
Sugars 4.13 g
Dietary fiber 1.8 g
0.18 g
3.04 g
Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.084 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (10%) 0.124 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.749 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(8%) 0.38 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.088 mg
Folate (B9) (15%) 61 μg
Vitamin C (16%) 13.2 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.1 mg
Vitamin K (31%) 33 μg
Calcium (1%) 13 mg
Iron (7%) 0.91 mg
Magnesium (6%) 21 mg
Manganese (9%) 0.188 mg
Phosphorus (8%) 54 mg
Potassium (3%) 149 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see bean sprouts contain a lot of phosphorus, acidic and a hint of calcium content. They are also quite sweet.

This means that they aren’t good for gerbils to eat and should be avoided if possible as a food for them. If they have one to nibble on they should be fine, but there are better foods for them to eat.