can gerbils eat sweet potatoes

Can Gerbils Eat Sweet Potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are edible tropical tubers that have a pinkish orange, slightly sweet flesh. They are popular in many different countries around the world especially in the Caribbean where they are very much part of the traditional cuisine there. They are mostly baked, fried or boiled depending on the particular dish they are being cooked for.

So can gerbils eat sweet potatoes?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 359 kJ (86 kcal)
Carbohydrates
20.1 g
Starch 12.7 g
Sugars 4.2 g
Dietary fiber 3 g
Fat
0.1 g
Protein
1.6 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
(89%) 709 μg
(79%) 8509 μg
Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.078 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.061 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.557 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(16%) 0.8 mg
Vitamin B6 (16%) 0.209 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 11 μg
Vitamin C (3%) 2.4 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.26 mg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 30 mg
Iron (5%) 0.61 mg
Magnesium (7%) 25 mg
Manganese (12%) 0.258 mg
Phosphorus (7%) 47 mg
Potassium (7%) 337 mg
Sodium (4%) 55 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.3 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see sweet potatoes contain quite a lot of phosphorus, a little calcium and sugar, but a huge amount of acidic content.

This means they can’t unfortunately. They are toxic for gerbils to eat, as they just contain too much acidic content for them to handle. They cannot handle acids in their bodies like we can and sweet potato will make them sick