Swede is also called Rutabaga, turnip or neep and is a root vegetable that is a cross between a cabbage and a turnip.
Its roots and tops are often used as winter feed for livestock.
It is eaten in many countries around the world and is often fried, boiled, steamed or stir fried in a number of different culinary dishes.
So can gerbils eat swede 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 importance as far as gerbils are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 157 kJ (38 kcal)
Sugars 4.46 g
Dietary fiber 2.3 g
Thiamine (B1) (8%) 0.09 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.04 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.7 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) 0.16 mg
Vitamin B6 (8%) 0.1 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 21 μg
Vitamin C (30%) 25 mg
Calcium (4%) 43 mg
Iron (3%) 0.44 mg
Magnesium (6%) 20 mg
Manganese (6%) 0.131 mg
Phosphorus (8%) 53 mg
Potassium (6%) 305 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.24 mg
As you can see, swede contains quite a lot of phosphorus and acidic content, a little sugar, and calcium and a hint of fat content. However, the fact that they have 85% water content makes them very bad for gerbils to eat.
They just don’t have the capacity to handle that amount of water in the foods that they eat and as a result it will give them diarrhea if they do eat it.
This unfortunately makes it a food to avoid as far as gerbils are concerned.