can bearded dragons eat green beans

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Green Beans?

Also known as the string bean or snap bean, the green bean is the unripened fruit and protective pods of a number of cultivars of the common bean.

They are known for their dry seeds and they are harvested and consumed withe their enclosing pods before the seeds inside them have matured fully.

They are eaten around the world and are found canned, frozen and fresh. They are used in many different culinary dishes either steamed, boiled, stir fried, or baked in casseroles. They are popular throughout the United States particularly at Thanksgiving.

So can bearded dragons eat green beans?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, their acidic, calcium, phosphorus, water, protein, fat, sugar, and fibre content is of most interest when it comes to bearded dragons.

Another thing of importance is the calcium:phosphorus ratio as for every part phosphorus, there needs to be another part calcium if not more. From 1:1 to 2:1 is ideal as far as bearded dragons are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 131 kJ (31 kcal)
6.97 g
Dietary fiber 2.7 g
0.22 g
1.83 g
Vitamin A equiv. (4%) 35 μg
Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.082 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (9%) 0.104 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.734 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.225 mg
Vitamin B6 (11%) 0.141 mg
Folate (B9) (8%) 33 μg
Vitamin C (15%) 12.2 mg
Vitamin K (14%) 14.4 μg
Calcium (4%) 37 mg
Iron (8%) 1.03 mg
Magnesium (7%) 25 mg
Manganese (10%) 0.216 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 38 mg
Potassium (4%) 211 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.24 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 19 µg

source wikipedia

As you can see green beans have quite a lot of acidic content and a disproportionate calcium:phosphorus ratio.

This means that they can but only on an occasional basis and in moderation. Green beans aren’t they best food for them and so do feed in small amounts cut up into small pieces.


Image “Cut Green Beans” by Mattysc at en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons 

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