Kale is a vegetable that belongs to the cabbage family and is eaten across teh world.
There are two types of kale that you can find which is kale that has crickly and curly leaves and that has smooth leaves.
Curly kale is the most common of all the types of kale.
It has a quite a distinct and strong flavour with green leaves that have tints of blue or purple.
So can chinchillas eat kale at all, lets take a look here and find out more by checking out its nutritional data. In particular, its calcium, phosphorus, sugar and acidic content is of most interest to chinchillas.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 117 kJ (28 kcal)
Carbohydrates 5.63 g
– Sugars 1.25 g
– Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat 0.4 g
Protein 1.9 g
Water 91.2 g
Vitamin A equiv. 681 μg (85%)
– beta-carotene 8173 μg (76%)
– lutein and zeaxanthin 18246 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.053 mg (5%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.07 mg (6%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.5 mg (3%)
Vitamin B6 0.138 mg (11%)
Folate (vit. B9) 13 μg (3%)
Choline 0.4 mg (0%)
Vitamin C 41 mg (49%)
Vitamin E 0.85 mg (6%)
Vitamin K 817 μg (778%)
Calcium 72 mg (7%)
Iron 0.9 mg (7%)
Magnesium 18 mg (5%)
Manganese 0.416 mg (20%)
Phosphorus 28 mg (4%)
Potassium 228 mg (5%)
Sodium 23 mg (2%)
Zinc 0.24 mg (3%)
As you can see kale contains quite a bit of phosphorus, quite a lot of calcium, and acidic content.
This means that is just too much for them to eat as a primary food containing too much calcium, phosphorus and acidic content so they should avoid kale as much as possible to save hurting their tummies.
So its a food to avoid giving them.
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