can gerbils eat currants

Can Gerbils Eat Currants?

Currants are otherwise called Zante currants, Corinth raisins, or Corinthian raisins, and are dried berries of the small, sweet, seedless grape cultivar ‘Black Corinth’.

They are regularly eaten in all kinds of culinary dishes around the world.

So can gerbils eat currants at all?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,184 kJ (283 kcal)
Carbohydrates
74.08 g
Sugars 67.28 g
Dietary fiber 6.8 g
Fat
0.27 g
Protein
4.08 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (14%) 0.16 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (12%) 0.142 mg
Niacin (B3) (11%) 1.615 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(1%) 0.045 mg
Vitamin B6 (23%) 0.296 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 10 μg
Choline (2%) 10.6 mg
Vitamin C (6%) 4.7 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.11 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 3.3 μg
Minerals
Calcium (9%) 86 mg
Iron (25%) 3.26 mg
Magnesium (12%) 41 mg
Manganese (22%) 0.469 mg
Phosphorus (18%) 125 mg
Potassium (19%) 892 mg
Sodium (1%) 8 mg
Zinc (7%) 0.66 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see currants contain a lot of phosphorus, calcium, and sugar plus a hint of fat.

This means they are not a great food for gerbils to eat at all.

One or two very occasionally wont hurt but they shouldn’t be fed regularly to gerbils. They will absolutely love them and will eat as many as you give them so take care with how many you feed them.