Guinea pigs are creatures that have stolen our hearts and made their way into our homes in the last couple of years.
More and more people are making a decision to get a guinea pig for their home, because of their loving personality and interesting character.
Guinea pigs weren’t as popular as pets in the past, but now people have spotted their loving nature and are more than willing to welcome them in their homes. Guinea pigs need a specific diet and we should all make sure to inform ourselves before we get this peculiar animal.
There are some rules we need to follow, but they are quite simple. In today’s text we are going to talk about beetroot and whether this vegetable is safe for your furry friend or not.
Beetroot – Nutritive information
The pigment that gives the Beetroot a characteristic color, is a powerful anti-carcinogenic, while other ingredients protect the heart, and it is recommended for pregnant women as it affects the development of the spinal cord of the baby.
Beetroot (Chenopodiaceous) abounds in potent nutrients (foliate, manganese, potassium, nutrients, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus) that protect against heart disease, some types of cancer, and especially colon cancer. And the pigment betationinin, which gives it a dark red color, is a powerful anti-cancer agent.
Beetroots originate from North Africa. In the beginning, only her leaves were eaten, until the ancient Romans began to eat the root of the beet.
When it was transferred to the northern Europe, it was first used for animal feeding, and only in the 16th century they started using it in human nutrition.
When patients with stomach cancer compared the effects of fruit juice and vegetable juice to the formation of nitrosamine-containing ingredients that cause cancer, which occur from nitrate, beet juice was the most powerful in stopping cell mutation.
Beetroot is especially rich in foliate, which is of utmost importance for normal tissue growth, and is recommended for pregnant women as it also affects the development of the spinal cord of the baby. The recommended daily dose of foliate is 400 micrograms, and one cup of boiled beet contains 136 micrograms. The leaves of the beets are delicious and can be prepared as spinach or shrimp. They are rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals, as well as beta-carotene and lutein. Beetroots eliminate toxins from the body and thus reduce heart problems.
High fiber content in the beet helps to eliminate toxins accelerates the process of cleansing the body by stimulating the activity of 2 enzymes of the liver: glutathione peroxidase and glutathione – S – transferees. These enzymes play an important role in protecting liver cells from attacking free radicals. Beetroot also helps maintain normal blood cholesterol levels.
Herbalists call the beetle a “blood purifier” and are used in the treatment of fever, constipation, digestive diseases and blood diseases.
Can Guinea pigs eat beetroot?
If your furry friend nibbled on some beetroot, then there is no need to worry about anything. This vegetable is completely safe for your furry friend and you can give it to your Guinea pig as a treat on occasion. This vegetable is rich in phosphorus and calcium, but it doesn’t contain any oxalates which is always good.
Giving beetroot to your furry friend is perfectly safe when done in moderation. This vegetable shouldn’t be a meal for your Guinea pig, because it is not supposed to work as a meal. Instead, you can always give some beetroot to your furry friend every once in a while to make him enjoy his day more.
Guinea pigs need to eat hay and grass in larger amounts, and foods that contain Vitamin C. their bodies need this vitamin or else they are prone to getting scurvy which can even kill them. This is why you need to implement foods rich in vitamin C or give your Guinea pig some vitamin C in a tablet to make him stronger and healthier.
Beetroot is really healthy, but overall, it is not going to make any significant change in your Guinea pig’s life. This vegetable is overall much healthier for humans than it is for your pet. This is why you should focus on giving your Guinean pig pet grass and hay, and save the beetroot as an occasional treat.
The amount of beetroot that is safe
When deciding on the amount, it is important to remember that beetroot should be given as a snack a not as a meal. That is why you need to give your Guinea pig a cube or two of beetroot weekly, which is plenty considering that you are probably going to give him at least one more treat over the course of the week.
Beetroot contains a lot of beneficial elements, but it is overall much healthier for us than for Guinea pigs.
When introducing any new food to your Guinea pig, make sure to do it gradually and not instantly. Give him a small amount of new food and gradually increase this amount as time goes on.
This way you will be able to see his reaction to the food itself and determine whether he likes it or not. If you notice that the food wasn’t even touched and your pet was ready for a snack, then there is no pint in making him eat something he doesn’t like. Find a substitute snack for him that he is going to like eating and make his meals more enjoyable.