Sunflower seeds are the hard-shelled edible seed of a plant of the daisy family. They yield an oil which is used in cooking and margarine.
They are also a popular health food snack eaten in many countries of the world.
So can gerbils eat sunflower seeds at all?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular we are interested in their water, acidic, calcium, sugar, salt, phosphorus, and fat content as far as gerbils are concerned.
As you can see sunflower seeds contain a huge amount of phosphorus, fat, and acidic content, a hint of salt, and quite a lot of calcium.
This means that sunflower seeds are not the healthiest food for gerbils to eat.
They have traditionally been a snack that are often given to them, but they are not the best food for them to eat.
The occasional one or two sunflower seeds would be fine for them but nothing more than that
Gerbils can only eat so much fat in their foods as their bodies can not process it like we can. If they eat too much fat they can get sick. So be cautious about feeding them to your gerbil.