can gerbils eat parsley

Can Gerbils Eat Parsley?

Parsley is a biennial plant that has white flowers and aromatic leaves which are either crinkly or flat. They are used a culinary herb and also for food garnishing.

It is used widely in the middle east, europe and cooking in the united states.

Curly leaf parsley is also used as a garnish often sprinkled on top of foods. It can also be used in many soups, stews, and casseroles.

So can gerbils eat parsley?

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

In particular their water, calcium, sugar, fat, phosphorus, calcium, sugar and salt content is of most interest as far as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 151 kJ (36 kcal)
Carbohydrates
6.33 g
Sugars 0.85 g
Dietary fiber 3.3 g
Fat
0.79 g
Protein
2.97 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(53%) 421 μg
(47%) 5054 μg
5561 μg
Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.086 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (8%) 0.09 mg
Niacin (B3) (9%) 1.313 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(8%) 0.4 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.09 mg
Folate (B9) (38%) 152 μg
Vitamin C (160%) 133 mg
Vitamin E (5%) 0.75 mg
Vitamin K (1562%) 1640 μg
Minerals
Calcium (14%) 138 mg
Iron (48%) 6.2 mg
Magnesium (14%) 50 mg
Manganese (8%) 0.16 mg
Phosphorus (8%) 58 mg
Potassium (12%) 554 mg
Sodium (4%) 56 mg
Zinc (11%) 1.07 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see parsley contains a lot of phosphorus, calcium, and acidic content. It also has a hint of fat and sugar.

This means that it is not the best food for gerbils to eat, it contains a lot of acid and calcium content. If they were to nibble at it, they would be fine but it isn’t a food that should be fed purposely to gerbils.