can gerbils eat brazil nuts

Can Gerbils Eat Brazil Nuts?

Brazil nuts are a popular snack food eaten all around the world and are renown for their hard shells.

So can gerbils eat brazil nuts?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 2,743 kJ (656 kcal)
Carbohydrates
12.27 g
Starch 0.25 g
Sugars 2.33 g
Dietary fiber 7.5 g
Fat
66.43 g
Saturated 15.137 g
Monounsaturated 24.548 g
Polyunsaturated 20.577 g
Protein
14.32 g
Tryptophan 0.141 g
Threonine 0.362 g
Isoleucine 0.516 g
Leucine 1.155 g
Lysine 0.492 g
Methionine 1.008 g
Cystine 0.367 g
Phenylalanine 0.630 g
Tyrosine 0.420 g
Valine 0.756 g
Arginine 2.148 g
Histidine 0.386 g
Alanine 0.577 g
Aspartic acid 1.346 g
Glutamic acid 3.147 g
Glycine 0.718 g
Proline 0.657 g
Serine 0.683 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (54%) 0.617 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.035 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.295 mg
Vitamin B6 (8%) 0.101 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 22 μg
Vitamin C (1%) 0.7 mg
Vitamin E (38%) 5.73 mg
Minerals
Calcium (16%) 160 mg
Iron (19%) 2.43 mg
Magnesium (106%) 376 mg
Manganese (58%) 1.223 mg
Phosphorus (104%) 725 mg
Potassium (14%) 659 mg
Sodium (0%) 3 mg
Zinc (43%) 4.06 mg
Other constituents
Water 3.48 g
Selenium 1917 μg
Beta-Sitosterol 64 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see brazil nuts contain a hint of water, an extreme amount of phosphorus, a lot of acidic content, and a lot of fat content.

This means that they are not a great food for gerbils to eat. Their phosphorus, acidic and fat content makes them quite bad for them to eat. I know many gerbil owners love to feed them nuts because gerbils just love them, but they are really bad for them.