can chinchillas eat lentils

Can chinchillas Eat Lentils?

Lentils are edible pulses that are the bushy annual plant of the legume family. It is known for its lens-shaped seeds. They are known as a human health food.

So can chinchillas eat Lentils?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more. In particular, its calcium, acidic, phosphorus, sugar and fat content are of most interest as far as chinchillas are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,477 kJ (353 kcal)
Carbohydrates
60 g
Sugars 2 g
Dietary fiber 3.1 g
Fat
1 g
Protein
26 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (76%) 0.87 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (18%) 0.211 mg
Niacin (B3) (17%) 2.605 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(42%) 2.120 mg
Vitamin B6 (42%) 0.54 mg
Folate (B9) (120%) 479 μg
Vitamin C (5%) 4.4 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (6%) 56 mg
Iron (58%) 7.54 mg
Magnesium (34%) 122 mg
Phosphorus (64%) 451 mg
Potassium (20%) 955 mg
Sodium (0%) 6 mg
Zinc (50%) 4.78 mg
Other constituents
Water 10.4 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, lentils contain a huge amount of phosphorus and acidic content.

This means that chinchillas cannot eat lentils at all. Eating them will make the ill and hurt their stomach if they eat it.

Lentils are a food to avoid as far as chinchillas are concerned.

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