Fruit can play an important role in meeting the nutritional needs of your guinea pig when given alongside hay, either dry guinea pig food or guinea pig pellets, and fresh vegetables. Giving your pet these different foods means they will have a healthy, nutritious, and balanced diet that will maintain good health. However, not all fruits are good for your pet. Some can only be given in moderation and others should not be given to a guinea pig at all. So, are bananas safe to feed to your guinea pig and what about its peel or banana chips?
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Bananas?
Most guinea pigs enjoy eating bananas and they are safe for them to eat in moderation. They should not eat this fruit too often as it is high in natural sugars. This can cause diarrhea and can damage your guinea pig’s teeth.
What About Banana Peel?
You may also wonder if guinea pigs can eat the banana peel. Yes, they can eat banana peel in moderation. However, it is important to chop this into pieces first to reduce the risk of your guinea pig choking.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Banana Chips?
Banana chips are dried pieces of banana that many people eat as snacks. During the process of drying the fruit, the nutritional values of banana change. Banana chips are much higher in sugar than a fresh banana and this means you should not feed banana chips to your pet. The high level of natural sugars is bad for your guinea pig’s teeth and will upset their stomach.
What Are the Nutritional Values of Bananas and How Do They Benefit Your Guinea Pig’s Diet?
The nutritional values of fruit are what decides whether it is good for your guinea pig to eat or not. The nutritional values of 100 g of raw, fresh banana are:
- Energy- 89 kcal
- Protein- 1.09 g
- Carbohydrates- 22.84 g (12.23 g sugars)
- Fat- 0.33 g
- Vitamins- B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and C
- Minerals- Iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc
Although banana is quite high in natural sugars, this fruit has some benefits to your guinea pig’s diet. It offers a range of vitamins and minerals that are important to your guinea pig’s health and is especially high in vitamin B6.
What Are the Nutritional Values of Banana Chips and How Do They Benefit Your Guinea Pig’s Diet?
The nutritional values for banana chips are different to those of raw banana. The nutritional values for 100 g of banana chips are:
- Energy- 520 kcal
- Protein- 2.3 g
- Carbohydrates- 58.4 g (35.34 g sugars)
- Fat- 33.6 g
- Vitamins- A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, C, E, and K
- Minerals- Calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc
Although banana chips can offer a good range of vitamins and minerals, the natural sugars are too high for guinea pigs to eat. Dried banana chips are also high in fat.
How Much and How Often Can You Feed Bananas to Your Guinea Pig?
Fresh, raw banana flesh is fine for your guinea pig to eat in moderation. A one-centimeter slice once a week is plenty for your guinea pig. You should not give your pet more than this because the natural sugars in bananas can upset your guinea pig’s tummy and harm their teeth. They can also eat banana peel occasionally if you chop it into pieces first to reduce the risk of choking. You should not feed your guinea pig banana chips as the natural sugars in this dried fruit are too high for guinea pigs.
The Bottom Line
Guinea pigs usually enjoy eating bananas and it is safe to give them both banana flesh and banana peel in moderation. Do not give either more than once a week and chop any peel into pieces. Do not feed your guinea pig dried banana chips. These are too high in natural sugars and fat, so they can cause diarrhea and are bad for your guinea pig’s dental health.