Can Rabbits eat Pistachios?

The pistachio nut are a popular nut from around the world. They are a member of the cashew family and come from central asia and the middle east.

Pistachios are used in all kinds of dishes.

So can rabbits eat pistachio nuts, and if so how much can they eat of them?

Lets take a look at the nutritional data of pistachio nuts and find a bit more about them. In particular, their sodium, calcium, sugar, fat, fibre, phosphorus, and acidic content is of interest.

Carbohydrates 27.65 g
– Sugars 7.81 g
– Dietary fiber 10.3 g
Fat 45.97 g
Protein 21.35 g
– lutein and zeaxanthin 1205 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.84 mg (73%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.158 mg (13%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 1.425 mg (10%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.513 mg (10%)
Vitamin B6 1.274 mg (98%)
Folate (vit. B9) 50 μg (13%)
Vitamin C 2.3 mg (3%)
Calcium 110 mg (11%)
Iron 4.2 mg (32%)
Magnesium 120 mg (34%)
Manganese 1.275 mg (61%)
Phosphorus 485 mg (69%)
Potassium 1042 mg (22%)
Zinc 2.3 mg (24%)

As you can see pistachios contain a huge amount of phosphorus, acidic fat and sugar content. This means that rabbits cannot eat pistachio nuts at all. They are just too bad for them and bunnies just cant take what they contain as it will at best make them ill, at worse make possible kill them if they have too much of them.

So keep them away from bunnies.

Image   “Pistachios in shells” by Madmaxmarchhare at en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

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