can chinchillas eat quinoa

Can Chinchillas eat Quinoa?

Quinoa are tiny, bead-shaped grains that have a slightly bitter flavour and a firm texture. It is a complete protein that contains eight of the essential amino acids and has been recognised by the United Nations as a supercrop for its health benefits.

So can chinchillas eat quinoa at all?

Lets take a look at its nutritional data and find out more, in particular its acidic, sugar, fat, phosphorus, and

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,539 kJ (368 kcal)
Carbohydrates
64 g
Dietary fibre 7 g
Fat
6 g
Saturated 0.7 g
Monounsaturated 0.1.6 g
Polyunsaturated 3.3 g
Protein
14 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv. (0%) 1 μg
Thiamine (B1) (31%) 0.36 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (27%) 0.32 mg
Niacin (B3) (10%) 1.52 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(15%) 0.77 mg
Vitamin B6 (38%) 0.49 mg
Folate (B9) (46%) 184 μg
Vitamin B12 (0%) 0 μg
Choline (14%) 70.2 mg
Vitamin C (0%) 0 mg
Vitamin E (16%) 2.44 mg
Vitamin K (0%) 0 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (5%) 47 mg
Iron (35%) 4.6 mg
Magnesium (55%) 197 mg
Phosphorus (65%) 457 mg
Potassium (12%) 563 mg
Zinc (33%) 3.1 mg
Other constituents
Water 13 g

Source wikipedia

As you can see quinoa contains a lot of phosphorus and acidic content.

This unfortunately rules it out for chinchillas as it is just too bad for them to eat. It is a food that is best avoided for feeding to them.

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