Garlic is a close relative of the onion, shallot, leek, chive and rakkyo.
It has been used throughout human history and is native to central Asia.
It is a staple food of many different countries, civilizations and cultures and is used in many different culinary dishes in many different ways. It is also used in medicine.
So can gerbils eat garlic at all?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, their water, acidic, phosphorus, sugar, fat, calcium, and salt content is of particular interest as far as gerbils are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 623 kJ (149 kcal)
Sugars 1 g
Dietary fiber 2.1 g
Thiamine (B1) (17%) 0.2 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (9%) 0.11 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.7 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(12%) 0.596 mg
Vitamin B6 (95%) 1.235 mg
Folate (B9) (1%) 3 μg
Vitamin C (38%) 31.2 mg
Calcium (18%) 181 mg
Iron (13%) 1.7 mg
Magnesium (7%) 25 mg
Manganese (80%) 1.672 mg
Phosphorus (22%) 153 mg
Potassium (9%) 401 mg
Sodium (1%) 17 mg
Zinc (12%) 1.16 mg
Selenium 14.2 μg
As you can see, garlic contains a hint of sodium, fat and sugar, and a lot of calcium, phosphorus, and acidic content.
This means it is not a good food for gerbils to eat unfortunately. It contains far too much acidic content for them to handle.
This makes it a food to avoid as far as gerbils are concerned.