Coconuts are the fruit of the coconut tree is and is a member of the family Arecaceae (palm family). It is the only accepted species in the genus Cocos.
The term coconut can refer to the whole coconut palm, seed or the fruit which is a drupe and not a nut. It is today eaten around the world and is farmed, harvested, and sold in various forms.
So can rabbits eat coconut at all?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data, in particular their sodium, calcium, sugar, fat, phosphorus, and fibre content.
Coconut-inner edible solid part, raw (fresh kopra)
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 354 kcal (1,480 kJ)
Dietary fiber 9
Thiamine (B1) (6%)0.066 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%)0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%)0.54 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
Vitamin B6 (4%)0.05 mg
Vitamin C (4%)3.3 mg
Calcium (1%)14 mg
Iron (19%)2.43 mg
Magnesium (9%)32 mg
Phosphorus (16%)113 mg
Potassium (8%)356 mg
Zinc (12%)1.1 mg
As you can see coconut contains a lot of phosphorus, a hint of calcium, they are very acidic, contain a lot of fat and are very sweet.
This means that rabbits can’t eat them at all as they just can’t handle their nutrient content and will hurt their tummies.
Originally posted 2015-01-13 22:41:00.