Guinea pigs can eat sweet bell peppers in all the different colours including green, red, yellow and orange.
But can guinea pigs eat the whole pepper including the seeds and pith? Let’s take a look at what parts of the sweet bell pepper is safe for guinea pigs, the differences in nutrition between the different colours, and how often they can have this vegetable.
Despite the fact that many people believe the seeds of a bell pepper to be unsuitable for guinea pigs, these seeds are actually safe for them to eat. Some people worry their guinea pigs may choke on them, but they are small and don’t pose a choking hazard. Neither do you need to be concerned about the seeds getting lodged in their teeth as this is very unlikely.
Don’t mistake pepper seeds for peppercorns though as peppercorns are not a suitable food for your guinea pigs to eat.
The white bitter-tasting pith in a pepper is actually called the placenta and is perfectly edible for your guinea pigs. So when you’re preparing sweet peppers for your own meal, don’t throw these parts away, as they will make a great addition to your guinea pig’s fresh daily vegetable portion.
Most guinea pigs love sweet bell peppers, and many of them love the seeds and pith of the pepper even more than the flesh of this vegetable. You may also find that some guinea pigs prefer one colour over another as they do vary in taste, with the green peppers being less sweet.
Guinea pigs can eat sweet pointed peppers, which are longer and taste sweeter than standard bell peppers. Sweet baby peppers also have a more intense sweetness and are good for them to eat.
But don’t mistake these safe small baby bell peppers for unsafe hot and spicy chilli peppers, which should NEVER be fed to your guinea pigs.
Guinea pigs needs plenty of vitamin C in their diet because their bodies can’t make it. This means they need to obtain this vitamin from their food.
Although green peppers are extremely high in vitamin C, red, yellow and orange peppers have considerably more of this vitamin. However, they also contain more sugar than the green peppers.
Guinea pigs can have sweet bell peppers a few times a week. We recommend giving them about an inch or two square of a pepper per guinea pig, mixed in with some other safe vegetables.
Below is a comparison table showing the nutritional value per 100g of green, red and yellow bell peppers.
|Red||127.7 mg||7 mg||26 mg||2.1 g||4.2 g|
|Green||80.4 mg||10 mg||20 mg||1.7 g||2.4 g|
|Yellow||183 mg||11 mg||24 mg||0.9||?|