Rabbits are very gentle creatures and when giving them food we need to be very careful not to give them something their digestive systems cannot process. Rabbits usually eat fresh vegetables and fruit, but sometimes they can be given other types of boiled or cooked foods.
Before you start including something new into your rabbit’s diet, make sure you get as much information as you can about the food and ask your pet’s veterinarian if you are not sure about certain food. In today’s text we will learn more about runner beans and see if they are safe for your rabbit to eat them or not.
Runner beans nutritive value
Runner beans, beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas belong to the same botanical species, or group of legumes. Runner beans are considered to be the richest nutrients precisely because of the high content of proteins and carbohydrates.
Runner beans differ in color, shape and size. The color of the pods varies from a distinctly green to pale yellowish, and some are of a purple color. By shape, we distinguish narrow and round, then wide and flat pods, and by size we distinguish completely short from long (up to 25 cm).
The meals are used quite young beans, where the grain of the future beans has not yet developed, so the varieties with juicy and fleshy blend, but small and undeveloped grains, are preferred.
The Runner beans originated from Mexico, Central and South America, where for many families it is still the primary source of protein.
The average chemical composition of pods per 100 g of fresh foods is: water of 90 g; proteins 2.4 g; Fat 0,2 g; carbohydrates 5.3 g; minerals 0,7 g and fiber. The energy value of pods is only 31 kcal per 100 g of fresh food.
Runner beans are a valuable source of vitamins: vitamin C, biotin, vitamin B6, vitamin K, folic acid, pantothenic acid, thiamine and beta-carotene (330 μg / 100 g).
Minerals they contain are: potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, fluorine, iodine, copper and selenium.
Excellent sources of vitamin C (24% of RDA per 100 g); biotin (23% of RDA per 100 g); vitamin B6 (22% of RDA per 100 g) and vitamin K (21% of RDA per 100 g), and a good source of folic acid (11% of RDA per 100 g); pantothenic acid (10% of RDA per 100 g).
Not only do they take a significant place in everyday diet, they are also an irreplaceable ingredient in many diets. Due to the low energy value and high content of water, pods are ideal dietary foods. They are delicious, nutritious and rich in protein and fiber. Successfully conserved, without significantly altering their nutritional and organoleptic properties.
Nutritional ingredients of pods have certain therapeutic properties. They contain arginine, a substance from the glucinoin group, whose action is similar to that of insulin. It is precisely because of this composition of beans that should be included in diabetes foods for people with diabetes.
It is very important to emphasize that glucokinin is not destroyed by cooking. In view of this fact, in the opinion of some authors, diabetics should consume four to seven kg of pods a week.
Runner beans also contain inositol (0.7 to 0.8%) that strengthens the heart and regulates the metabolism of calcium in the body. It has been scientifically proven that the beans effectively establish the balance of leukocytes in the blood.
In addition, they are rich in cellulose and improve digestion. However, patients suffering from intestinal diseases should be very careful when consuming pods.
Young beans are excellent diuretic, dissolve uric acid and stimulate the secretion of toxic substances from the body.
Can rabbits eat runner beans?
We will start by saying that runner beans are, sadly, not safe for your bunny. This vegetable contains many nutrients and it is highly important part pf human diet, but when it comes to rabbits they are not recommended.
Rabbits have a very sensitive digestive system and they can’t eat many of the foods that people eat without any problem. Runner beans contain a lot of starch, fat and protein which is not good for your bunny especially in larger portions.
These ingredients can cause various digestive problems for your bunny and make him experience pain in his stomach, diarrhea and gas.
There is even a toxic substance inside the runner beans that can potentially kill your pet. This toxic substance is especially dangerous if runner beans are fresh. This substance is located in the seeds, which means that your bunny can eat runner beans, but only if you are prepared to take this risk.
What to do if your rabbit eats runner beans?
If it happens that your bunny ate runner beans, don’t panic right away. These vegetables are deadly for them but only in large portions.
If your bunny ate only couple of runner beans, then there is no need to worry about his health. You can even give your bunny runner beans, but make sure you take out the toxic seeds and give them to your pet in moderation.
Overall, runner beans are not recommended for your rabbit pet, but you can give it to him in moderation. Seeds inside the runner beans are poisonous for rabbits and they need to be taken out, while the rest of the vegetable is okay for eating.
Your bunny doesn’t require runner beans in its diet, but if you really want to add them because you would like your bunny to get all the nutritive values from them, then give runner beans to your furry friend but in moderation.