GuineaDad Food Blog: Can guinea pigs eat sweet potatoes?

Can guinea pigs eat sweet potatoes?

The short and sweet answer (pun intended), is yes! Sweet potatoes are considered a crazy-healthy food for humans, and they’re just as safe for guinea pigs to eat. 

However, it’s still important to be sure of what they contribute to your guinea pig’s diet, and any side effects they may experience. We've also got a Vegetable Master List that lists common veggies that your piggy can and can't eat!

What vitamins and other nutrients do sweet potatoes contain?

Vitamin C

While guinea pigs need Vitamin C in their diets, sweet potatoes aren’t exactly the best source of it for them. Sweet potatoes contain around 3 mg of Vitamin C in a 100 g portion! Guinea pigs need 10-50mg of the vitamin a day.

Potassium

When it comes to guinea pigs, potassium isn’t always discussed. However, it does have some benefits to your guinea pig’s heart health! It helps promote good blood pressure.

Infographic displaying vitamins and nutrients in sweet potatoes for guinea pigs

What other benefits do sweet potatoes provide for your guinea pig?

Sweet potatoes are a great way for your guinea pig to enjoy something sweet without consuming too much sugar!

What are the downsides about sweet potatoes for guinea pigs?

Yes, we mentioned sweet potatoes as a sweet treat for the piggies, but overconsumption can also be unhealthy for your guinea pigs. It’s about balance! Too much sugar can lead to the development of diabetes and even cause obesity. 

This means that it is important for you to limit how much of it your guinea pig has! And just to make things clear: while sweet potatoes are perfectly safe for your guinea pig to eat, regular potatoes (russet, red, etc.) can be toxic to your guinea pig. Never feed them regular potatoes!

Guinea pigs can sweet potatoes, but do they like it?

Guinea pigs love anything sweet, and sweet potatoes are exactly that!

How should you go about feeding your guinea pig sweet potatoes?

In general, guinea pigs should be eating about a cup of fresh fruits and vegetables a day in addition to the hay and food pellets that they receive—this is to provide a nutritious diet filled with variety. This means your piggy should not be receiving a whole cup of any one fruit or veggie, but a mix of different ones. 
According to the Humane Society, we should only give our guinea pigs sweet potatoes one or two times a week—one chunk measuring half an inch by half an inch. The average sweet potato is around 130 g, so it'd be quite a small amount!

Sweet potatoes that guinea pigs can eat

Overall, it is OK to feed your guinea pigs sweet potatoes!

However, it’s important that sweet potatoes be fed to them like a once-in-a-while sweet treat, and shouldn’t be included regularly in their daily diet. We know—it can be hard to keep something your guinea pigs love from them, but the biggest priority is keeping them healthy!

What else can guinea pigs eat?

Check out our Vegetable Master List for an extensive list of vegetables for guinea pigs!


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