can gerbils eat broccoli

Can Gerbils Eat Broccoli?

Broccoli is a cultivated variety of cabbage which has heads of purplish flowers buds. It is eaten as a vegetable and is seen as a symbol of health and vitality.

The word broccoli comes from the Italian plural ‘broccolo’ which means the flowering crest of a cabbage.

So can gerbils eat broccoli?

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

In particular, their acidic, water, calcium, sugar, salt, phosphorus and fat content is of most importance as far as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 141 kJ (34 kcal)
Carbohydrates
6.64 g
Sugars 1.7 g
Dietary fiber 2.6 g
Fat
0.37 g
Protein
2.82 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(4%) 31 μg
(3%) 361 μg
1403 μg
Thiamine (B1) (6%) 0.071 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (10%) 0.117 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.639 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(11%) 0.573 mg
Vitamin B6 (13%) 0.175 mg
Folate (B9) (16%) 63 μg
Vitamin C (107%) 89.2 mg
Vitamin E (5%) 0.78 mg
Vitamin K (97%) 101.6 μg
Minerals
Calcium (5%) 47 mg
Iron (6%) 0.73 mg
Magnesium (6%) 21 mg
Manganese (10%) 0.21 mg
Phosphorus (9%) 66 mg
Potassium (7%) 316 mg
Sodium (2%) 33 mg
Zinc (4%) 0.41 mg
Other constituents
Water 89.3 g

source wikipedia

As you can see broccoli contains a lot of water content, quite a bit of phosphorus, calcium and acidic content.

This means that they can eat it. But only in small amounts in moderation. So once a week at the most.

This is because as a vegetable, it contains quite a lot of water not to mention acidic content, which is not good for gerbils and too much will give them diarrhea.

But small amounts, small enough to hold in their paws and one or two chunks.