can gerbils eat beets

Can Gerbils Eat Beets?

Beets are also known as beetroot, table beet, garden beet or red or golden beet.

The usually deep purple roots of beetroot are eaten either boiled, roasted or raw, either alone or combined with any salad vegetable. A large proportion of the commercial production is processed into boiled and sterilized beets or into pickles.

So can gerbils eat beets at all?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 180 kJ (43 kcal)
Carbohydrates
9.96 g
Sugars 7.96 g
Dietary fiber 2.0 g
Fat
.18 g
Protein
1.68 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv. (0%) 2 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) .031 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) .027 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) .331 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) .145 mg
Vitamin B6 (5%) .067 mg
Folate (B9) (20%) 80 μg
Vitamin C (4%) 3.6 mg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 16 mg
Iron (6%) .79 mg
Magnesium (6%) 23 mg
Manganese (14%) 0.3 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 38 mg
Potassium (6%) 305 mg
Sodium (5%) 77 mg
Zinc (4%) .35 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see, beets contain quite a bit of phosphorus and salt, a hint of calcium and fat, but they are very acidic and sweet.

This means that they are not good for gerbils to eat due to their acid and sugar content.

A food to avoid feeding them unfortunately.