can rabbits eat sweet potatoes

Can Rabbits eat Sweet Potatoes?

Sweet potato is a vegetable that is large, starchy and sweet tasting. It is a root vegetable that has young leaves and shoots that are sometimes eaten as greens. It is only distantly related to the potato.

So can rabbits eat sweet potatoes at all?

Let’s take a look at its nutritional data in particular its sugar, fat, fibre, sodium, phosphorus, and acidic content.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 359 kJ (86 kcal)
Carbohydrates
20.1 g
Starch 12.7 g
Sugars 4.2 g
Dietary fiber 3 g
Fat
0.1 g
Protein
1.6 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
(89%)709 μg
(79%)8509 μg
Thiamine (B1) (7%)0.078 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%)0.061 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%)0.557 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(16%)0.8 mg
Vitamin B6 (16%)0.209 mg
Folate (B9) (3%)11 μg
Vitamin C (3%)2.4 mg
Vitamin E (2%)0.26 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (3%)30 mg
Iron (5%)0.61 mg
Magnesium (7%)25 mg
Manganese (12%)0.258 mg
Phosphorus (7%)47 mg
Potassium (7%)337 mg
Sodium (4%)55 mg
Zinc (3%)0.3 mg
Link to USDA Database entry

source wikipedia

As you can see sweet potatoes contain quite a large amount of phosphorus, a hint of calcium, a very large amount of acidic content and a hint of fat and a little sugar.

This means that unfortunately rabbits can’t eat sweet potatoes. It is just too acidic for their tummies and will hurt them if it is eaten.

It also means that they cant eat their skin and peelings as well.

One thought on “Can Rabbits eat Sweet Potatoes?

  1. I am trying to figure out whether sweet potato foliage is safe for buns to eat – I am growing them in the garden this year, and thought the greens might be a good nutritional supplement (much like beet greens despite the fact buns shouldn’t eat beets). Any thoughts?

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