Kumquats look quite like oranges except they are smaller and oval in shape. They come from south asia and the asia pacific region and are eaten raw. They have a sweet rind and a sour centre and are usually eaten whole in order to get the contrast in taste of just the rind is eaten.
So can rabbits eat kumquats at all?
Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, their acidic content, sugar, phosphorus, fat, fibre, sodium and calcium content is of particular interest.
Energy 296 kJ (71 kcal)
Carbohydrates 15.9 g
– Sugars 9.36 g
– Dietary fiber 6.5 g
Fat 0.86 g
Protein 1.88 g
Vitamin A equiv. 15 μg (2%)
– lutein and zeaxanthin 129 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.037 mg (3%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.09 mg (8%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.429 mg (3%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.208 mg (4%)
Vitamin B6 0.036 mg (3%)
Folate (vit. B9) 17 μg (4%)
Choline 8.4 mg (2%)
Vitamin C 43.9 mg (53%)
Vitamin E 0.15 mg (1%)
Calcium 62 mg (6%)
Iron 0.86 mg (7%)
Magnesium 20 mg (6%)
Manganese 0.135 mg (6%)
Phosphorus 19 mg (3%)
Potassium 186 mg (4%)
Sodium 10 mg (1%)
Zinc 0.17 mg (2%)
As you can see kumquats have a hint of phosphorus, quite a lot of phosphorus, acidic content and sugar content.
This means that rabbits can eat kumquats but only very small amounts once a week. Nothing more than that as they will get tummy problems.
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Originally posted 2015-03-04 22:06:59.