can chinchillas eat beetroot

Can Chinchillas eat Beetroot?

Beetroot is the taproot portion of the beet plant and is also known as the red or golden beet, garden beet, or table beet or even just the beet.

It is one of he several varieties of beet grown for their edible taproots and or greens.

It is often picked and stored and sold in jars in supermarkets or grocery stores.

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So can chinchillas eat beetroot at all?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data to find out more about them?

In particular their acidic, phosphorus, calcium, sugar, and fat content are of most interest.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 180 kJ (43 kcal)
Carbohydrates
9.96 g
Sugars 7.96 g
Dietary fiber 2.0 g
Fat
.18 g
Protein
1.68 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv. (0%)2 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%).031 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%).027 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%).331 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%).145 mg
Vitamin B6 (5%).067 mg
Folate (B9) (20%)80 μg
Vitamin C (4%)3.6 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (2%)16 mg
Iron (6%).79 mg
Magnesium (6%)23 mg
Manganese (14%)0.3 mg
Phosphorus (5%)38 mg
Potassium (6%)305 mg
Sodium (5%)77 mg
Zinc (4%).35 mg

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As you can see beetroot contains some phosphorus, a little calcium, but contains quite a bit of sugar, and a high amount of acid.

This makes it not a good food for chinchillas to eat as they are just too acidic.