can bearded dragons eat quinoa

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Quinoa?

Quinoa are a super crop that is used throughout the world. It is known for its health benefits and is a complete prtein which contains eight of the essential amino acids.

It’s tiny, bead-shaped grains have a slightly bitter flavor and a firm texture.

So can bearded dragons eat quinoa?

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 503 kJ (120 kcal)
Carbohydrates 21.3 g
Sugars 0.87 g
Dietary fiber 2.8 g
Fat 1.92 g
Saturated 0.231 g
Monounsaturated 0.528 g
Polyunsaturated 1.078 g
Protein 4.4 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin 53 μg
Thiamine (B1) (9%) 0.107 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (9%) 0.11 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.412 mg
Vitamin B6 (9%) 0.123 mg
Folate (B9) (11%) 42 μg
Choline (5%) 23 mg
Vitamin C (0%) 0 mg
Vitamin E (4%) 0.63 mg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 17 mg
Iron (11%) 1.49 mg
Magnesium (18%) 64 mg
Manganese (30%) 0.631 mg
Phosphorus (22%) 152 mg
Potassium (4%) 172 mg
Sodium (0%) 7 mg
Zinc

Source wikipedia

As you can see quinoa contains a very disproportionate calcium:phosphorus ratio. It is also quite acidic.

This means that quinoa is not a good food for bearded dragons to eat.

In general, grains are not good for bearded dragons to have and should be avoided as a food.

 

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