can bearded dragons eat green cabbage

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Green Cabbage?

Green cabbage are a name for the group of vegetables that have soft and leafy green leaves. They differ in appearance and shape from having tightly packed leaves or loose leaves and those with a heart and those without.

Along with cauliflower, cabbage, garden cress, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, it is a cruciferous vegetable taking their name from the shape of their flowers, whose four petals resemble a cross. They have a good source of vitamin C and their dark green outer leaves are a good source of nutrients.

So can bearded dragons eat green cabbage?

Lets take a look here and find out more.

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 103 kJ (25 kcal)
Carbohydrates
5.8 g
Sugars 3.2 g
Dietary fiber 2.5 g
Fat
0.1 g
Protein
1.28 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.061 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.040 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.234 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.212 mg
Vitamin B6 (10%) 0.124 mg
Folate (B9) (11%) 43 μg
Vitamin C (44%) 36.6 mg
Vitamin K (72%) 76 μg
Trace minerals
Calcium (4%) 40 mg
Iron (4%) 0.47 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (8%) 0.16 mg
Phosphorus (4%) 26 mg
Potassium (4%) 170 mg
Sodium (1%) 18 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.18 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 1 µg
Water 92%

Source wikipedia

As you can see their calcium to phosphorus ratio is 2:1, there is a reasonable protein level, minimal levels of fat and sugar, but high levels of water.

This means that yes they can eat green cabbage but only in its raw state and only on an occasional basis. Just make sure they aren’t fed too much as well and feed them moderate amounts of green cabbage as too much may cause them problems.

Image “Cabbage” by Bill Tarpenning – http://www.usda.gov/oc/photo/96cs1134.htm. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

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