can gerbils eat edamame

Can Gerbils Eat Edamame?

Edamame or edamame beans are the preparation of immature soybeans in the pod. They are found in Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Hawaiian cuisine.

The pods are often steamed or boiled and then are served with salt.

So can gerbils eat edamame?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and see what it contains.

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 509 kJ (122 kcal)
Carbohydrates
9.94 g
Sugars 2.18 g
Dietary fiber 5.2 g
Fat
5.2 g
Protein
10.88 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (17%) 0.2 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (13%) 0.155 mg
Niacin (B3) (6%) 0.915 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(8%) 0.395 mg
Vitamin B6 (8%) 0.1 mg
Folate (B9) (78%) 311 μg
Vitamin C (7%) 6.1 mg
Vitamin E (5%) 0.68 mg
Vitamin K (26%) 26.8 μg
Minerals
Calcium (6%) 63 mg
Iron (17%) 2.27 mg
Magnesium (18%) 64 mg
Manganese (49%) 1.024 mg
Phosphorus (24%) 169 mg
Potassium (9%) 436 mg
Zinc (14%) 1.37 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see, edamame contains a lot of phosphorus and acidic content, quite a bit of calcium, and a little sugar.

This means that edamame is not good for gerbils to eat unfortunately. It contains too much acidic and phosphorus content for them to handle.

A food to avoid as far as gerbils are concerned.