can gerbils eat sunflower seeds

Can Gerbils Eat Sunflower Seeds?

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.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 2,445 kJ (584 kcal)
Carbohydrates 20 g
Sugars 2.62 g
Dietary fiber 8.6 g
Fat 51.46 g
Saturated 4.455 g
Monounsaturated 18.528 g
Polyunsaturated 23.137 g
Protein 20.78 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (129%) 1.48 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (30%) 0.355 mg
Niacin (B3) (56%) 8.335 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(23%) 1.13 mg
Vitamin B6 (103%) 1.345 mg
Folate (B9) (57%) 227 μg
Choline (11%) 55.1 mg
Vitamin C (2%) 1.4 mg
Vitamin E (234%) 35.17 mg
Minerals
Calcium (8%) 78 mg
Iron (40%) 5.25 mg
Magnesium (92%) 325 mg
Manganese (93%) 1.95 mg
Phosphorus (94%) 660 mg
Potassium (14%) 645 mg
Sodium (1%) 9 mg
Zinc (53%) 5 mg

source wikipedia

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.