can gerbils eat parsnips

Can Gerbils Eat Parsnips?

Parsnips are a root vegetable that is closely related to parsley or carrots. It has a long tuberous root that has cream-colored skin and flesh and can be left in the ground when mature as it becomes sweeter in flavor after winter frosts.

It is eaten around the world in a wide variety of countries in a number of different culinary dishes.

So can gerbils eat parsnips at all?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 314 kJ (75 kcal)
Carbohydrates
18 g
Sugars 4.8
Dietary fiber 4.9 g
Fat
0.2 g
Protein
1.2 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (8%) 0.09 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (4%) 0.05 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.7 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(12%) 0.6 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.09 mg
Folate (B9) (17%) 67 μg
Vitamin C (20%) 17 mg
Vitamin E (10%) 1.49 mg
Vitamin K (21%) 22.5 μg
Minerals
Calcium (4%) 36 mg
Iron (5%) 0.59 mg
Magnesium (8%) 29 mg
Manganese (27%) 0.56 mg
Phosphorus (10%) 71 mg
Potassium (8%) 375 mg
Sodium (1%) 10 mg
Zinc (6%) 0.59 mg
Other constituents
Water 79.53 g

source wikipedia

As you can see parsnips contain a lot of water, a hint of salt, a little sugar and quite a bit of acidic content.

This means that they are not the best food for gerbils to eat. This is due to their water content and acidic content and so are a food to avoid feeding them.