can gerbils eat bell peppers

Can Gerbils Eat Bell Peppers?

Bell peppers are also known as sweet peppers or just peppers and a a cultivar group of the species capsicum annuum. They produce fruits in different colors such as red, yellow, orange, green, chocolate/brown, vanilla/white and purple. These colors are the different stages of the bell peppers maturity.

So can gerbils eat bell peppers?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more about what they contain.

In particular, we are interested in their water and acidic content, as well as their phosphorus, calcium, sugar, fat, and salt content as these are the nutritional elements that affect gerbils the most.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 84 kJ (20 kcal)
Carbohydrates
4.64 g
Sugars 2.4 g
Dietary fiber 1.8 g
Fat
0.17 g
Protein
0.86 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(2%) 18 μg
(2%) 208 μg
341 μg
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.057 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.028 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.48 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(2%) 0.099 mg
Vitamin B6 (17%) 0.224 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 10 μg
Vitamin C (97%) 80.4 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.37 mg
Vitamin K (7%) 7.4 μg
Minerals
Calcium (1%) 10 mg
Iron (3%) 0.34 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (6%) 0.122 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 20 mg
Potassium (4%) 175 mg
Sodium (0%) 3 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.13 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 2 µg

source wikipedia

As you can see, bell peppers contain a little phosphorus, a hint of calcium, a little acidic content and sugar.

This means that yes they can eat bell peppers, but not every day. A recommended frequency is about twice a week. This is because although they have much that is good nutritionally about they are a little sweet and too much is not great for them.

Give them small amounts just large enough to hold in their paws and strip away they seeds and stalk.