can gerbils eat onions

Can Gerbils Eat Onions?

Onions are a popular food that is used around the world in different forms, in different countries, civilizations and cultures.

It is eaten raw, boiled, fried, stir fried, baked, steamed amongst other methods and is very popular for its versatility as a food.

So can gerbils eat onions at all?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 166 kJ (40 kcal)
Carbohydrates
9.34 g
Sugars 4.24 g
Dietary fiber 1.7 g
Fat
0.1 g
Protein
1.1 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.046 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.027 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.116 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(2%) 0.123 mg
Vitamin B6 (9%) 0.12 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 19 μg
Vitamin C (9%) 7.4 mg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 23 mg
Iron (2%) 0.21 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (6%) 0.129 mg
Phosphorus (4%) 29 mg
Potassium (3%) 146 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.17 mg
Other constituents
Water 89.11 g
Fluoride 1.1 µg

source wikipedia

As you can see onions have a lot of water content, a little phosphorus, a hint of calcium, quite a bit of acidic content and sugar.

This makes onions not a good food for gerbils to eat. They have far too much water in them to handle and will give them diarrhea and make them sick as a result if they are eaten.

A food to avoid as far as gerbils are concerned.