can gerbils eat dates

Can Gerbils Eat Dates?

Dates are a snack food that have been eaten in the middle east for centuries. They are now eaten around the world. They are eaten out-of-hand, or may be pitted and stuffed with fillings such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, and other fillings.

So can gerbils eat dates 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, salt, calcium and fat content as they affect gerbils the most

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,178 kJ (282 kcal)
Carbohydrates
75.03 g
Sugars 63.35 g
Dietary fiber 8 g
Fat
0.39 g
Protein
2.45 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(0%) 6 μg
75 μg
Vitamin A 10 IU
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.052 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%) 0.066 mg
Niacin (B3) (8%) 1.274 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(12%) 0.589 mg
Vitamin B6 (13%) 0.165 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 19 μg
Vitamin C (0%) 0.4 mg
Vitamin E (0%) 0.05 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 2.7 μg
Minerals
Calcium (4%) 39 mg
Iron (8%) 1.02 mg
Magnesium (12%) 43 mg
Manganese (12%) 0.262 mg
Phosphorus (9%) 62 mg
Potassium (14%) 656 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.29 mg
Other constituents
Water 20.53 g

source wikipedia

As you can see dates contain a lot of phosphorus, acidic content, and their sugar content is extremely high.

This means that they can’t unfortunately. Dates are just too sweet for them to eat and will make them sick if they eat them.

A food to avoid feeding them purposely.