can rabbits eat artichoke hearts

Can Rabbits Eat Artichoke Hearts?

Artichoke hearts are another name for the globe artichoke which is a variety of a species of thistle cultivated as a food.
The edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom. (source)
So can rabbits eat artichoke hearts?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium, and phosphorus content is of most significance as far as rabbits are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 211 kJ (50 kcal)
Carbohydrates
11.39 g
Sugars 0.99 g
Dietary fiber 8.6 g
Fat 0.34 g
Protein 2.89 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
464 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.05 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (7%) 0.089 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 1.11 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (5%) 0.24 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.081 mg
Folate (B9) (22%) 89 μg
Vitamin C (9%) 7.4 mg
Vit E (1%) 0.19 mg
Vitamin K (14%) 14.8 μg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 21 mg
Iron (5%) 0.61 mg
Magnesium (12%) 42 mg
Manganese (11%) 0.225 mg
Phosphorus (10%) 73 mg
Potassium (6%) 286 mg
Sodium (20%) 296 mg
Zinc (4%) 0.4 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see artichoke hearts contain quite a bit of phosphorus, a hint of calcium, fat and sugar, and a lot of acidic content.

This means that they are not good for rabbits to eat due to their acidic content.

They are a food that is best avoided as far as bunnies are concerned.

Originally posted 2017-03-25 07:06:47.

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