can gerbils eat rhubarb

Can Gerbils Eat Rhubarb?

Rhubarb is a food that is eaten in many different ways in many different countries around the world. It is mainly stewed along with sugar or used in desserts and pies. However it can also be used in dishes that are savory instead of sweet.

Rhubarb is mainly grown for its stalks that are quite fleshy. The technical name for them are petioles.

It is mainly grown in soil and gardens which are designed to cultivate it correctly and is a big favorite amongst many gardeners.

So can gerbils eat rhubarb at all?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 88 kJ (21 kcal)
Carbohydrates
4.54 g
Sugars 1.1 g
Dietary fiber 1.8 g
Fat
0.3 g
Protein
0.8 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.02 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.03 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.3 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(2%) 0.085 mg
Vitamin B6 (2%) 0.024 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 7 μg
Choline (1%) 6.1 mg
Vitamin C (10%) 8 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.27 mg
Vitamin K (28%) 29.3 μg
Minerals
Calcium (9%) 86 mg
Iron (2%) 0.22 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (9%) 0.196 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 14 mg
Potassium (6%) 288 mg
Sodium (0%) 4 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.1 mg

water 95%

source wikipedia

As you can see, rhubarb contains a hint of salt, phosphorus, sugar, fat and quite a lot of calcium. However its water content is very high.

This makes it very bad for gerbils and will give them diarrhea if they eat. A food to avoid as far as gerbils are concerned.