can chinchillas eat brussel sprouts

Can Chinchillas Eat Brussel Sprouts?

Brussel sprouts are a popular vegetable that is eaten all around the world. The leafy green vegetables are typically 2.5–4 cm (0.98–1.6 in) in diameter and look like miniature cabbages. They are often cooked and steamed in order to be eaten.

So can chinchillas eat brussel sprouts?

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 179 kJ (43 kcal)
8.95 g
Sugars 2.2 g
Dietary fibre 3.8 g
0.3 g
3.38 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(5%) 38 μg
(4%) 450 μg
1590 μg
Thiamine (B1) (12%) 0.139 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (8%) 0.09 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.745 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.309 mg
Vitamin B6 (17%) 0.219 mg
Folate (B9) (15%) 61 μg
Choline (4%) 19.1 mg
Vitamin C (102%) 85 mg
Vitamin E (6%) 0.88 mg
Vitamin K (169%) 177 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (4%) 42 mg
Iron (11%) 1.4 mg
Magnesium (6%) 23 mg
Manganese (16%) 0.337 mg
Phosphorus (10%) 69 mg
Potassium (8%) 389 mg
Sodium (2%) 25 mg
Zinc (4%) 0.42 mg
Other constituents
Water 86 g

source wikipedia

As you can see brussel sprouts contain a lot of phosphorus, a little calcium, and a lot of acidic content.

This means that unfortunately they can’t eat brussel sprouts. They are just too acidic for chinchillas and they can handle them.


Image “Brussels sprout closeup” by Eric Hunt – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons