can gerbils eat mushrooms

Can Gerbils Eat Mushrooms?

Mushrooms are a fleshy body of a fungus that is typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source.

There are many different types of mushrooms which can be used for culinary use. These are;

  • White button mushrooms
  • Cremini mushrooms
  • Chanterelle mushrooms
  • Enoki mushrooms
  • Maitake mushrooms
  • Morel mushrooms
  • Oyster mushrooms
  • Porcini mushrooms
  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Truffle mushrooms
  • Wood ear mushrooms

They are cooked in many different ways either cooked or raw.

So can gerbils eat mushrooms?

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

In particular, we are interested in their fat, sugar, acidic content, water content, and phosphorus content as far as gerbils are concerned. This is because these are the nutritional elements that can most impact gerbils.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Carbohydrates 4.3 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 2.5 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (9%) 0.1 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (42%) 0.5 mg
Niacin (B3) (25%) 3.8 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(30%) 1.5 mg
Vitamin C (0%) 0 mg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 18 mg
Phosphorus (17%) 120 mg
Potassium (10%) 448 mg
Sodium (0%) 6 mg
Zinc (12%) 1.1 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see mushrooms contain a hint of calcium, but a lot of acidic content, and phosphorus

This means that mushrooms are not great for them due their acidic content, either raw or cooked.

A food that is best to avoid as far as gerbils are concerned as they will cause them stomach pains.