Pistachios are a popular nut known around the world and are a member of the cashew family. They originate from central asia and the middle east.
They are used in many different culinary dishes.
So can chinchillas eat pistachios at all?
Lets take a look at their nutritional data, in particular their acidic, calcium, sugar, fat, and fibre content.
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, calcium, acidic, and fat content.
This means that they are extremely bad for chinchillas to eat and will harm them greatly if they are eaten by them.
So keep them well away from chins.
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