Brussel Sprouts are vegetables that people either seem to love or hate but are eaten the world over.
They are a cultivar from the Gemmifera group of cabbages (Brassica oleracea) and are grown for their buds which are edible. They typically measure between 2.5 to 4cm in diameter and look very much like mini-cabbages.
So can rabbits eat brussel sprouts and if they can, how much of them can be eaten?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more about them. In particular their sugar, fat, phosphorous, acidic, protein and calcium content particularly of interest.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 179 kJ (43 kcal)
Carbohydrates 8.95 g
– Sugars 2.2 g
– Dietary fibre 3.8 g
Fat 0.3 g
Protein 3.38 g
Vitamin A equiv. 38 μg (5%)
– beta-carotene 450 μg (4%)
– lutein and zeaxanthin 1590 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.139 mg (12%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.09 mg (8%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.745 mg (5%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.309 mg (6%)
Vitamin B6 0.219 mg (17%)
Folate (vit. B9) 61 μg (15%)
Choline 19.1 mg (4%)
Vitamin C 85 mg (102%)
Vitamin E 0.88 mg (6%)
Vitamin K 177 μg (169%)
Calcium 42 mg (4%)
Iron 1.4 mg (11%)
Magnesium 23 mg (6%)
Manganese 0.337 mg (16%)
Phosphorus 69 mg (10%)
Potassium 389 mg (8%)
Sodium 25 mg (2%)
Zinc 0.42 mg (4%)
Oxelate acid 360 mg
As you can see brussel sprouts contain a lot of oxelate acid content and phosphorus, contain some fibre and sugar. This means they are not good for rabbits to eat in large amounts, they can eat small amounts once a week at the most but no more than that. One brussel spout is more than enough as far as this is concerned.
Can rabbits eat brussel sprout stalks?
Rabbits can eat brussel sprout stalks as long as they are fresh and green.
Can rabbits eat cooked brussel sprouts?
No they can’t unfortunately, they are unable to eat any cooked foods.