can bearded dragons eat sweet potatoes

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Sweet Potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are an edible tropical tuber vegetable that has a sweet flesh. They have a smooth skin and their color varies from yellow, orange, red, brown, purple, and beige. They also have flesh that varies from beige to white, red, pink, violet, yellow, orange, and purple.

They come from South and Central America but are now found all across the world and are part of many different cuisines.

So can bearded dragons eat sweet potatoes?

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.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 359 kJ (86 kcal)
Carbohydrates
20.1 g
Starch 12.7 g
Sugars 4.2 g
Dietary fiber 3 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 1.6 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
(89%) 709 μg
(79%) 8509 μg
Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.078 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.061 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.557 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(16%) 0.8 mg
Vitamin B6 (16%) 0.209 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 11 μg
Vitamin C (3%) 2.4 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.26 mg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 30 mg
Iron (5%) 0.61 mg
Magnesium (7%) 25 mg
Manganese (12%) 0.258 mg
Phosphorus (7%) 47 mg
Potassium (7%) 337 mg
Sodium (4%) 55 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.3 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see, their calcium:phosphorus ratio is 1:1.56 which is not good and they have a high vitamin A content.

This means that they should not be eaten as a staple food, and only very occasionally.

They need to be chopped into small manageable pieces about the width of the distance between their eyes, so that they can eat them without a problem. Their skin also needs to be peeled and they need to be washed thoroughly before serving.

Don’t feed cooked sweet potatoes to them as they much prefer them raw.

Image “Sweet potatoes, Padangpanjang” by Pdemchick – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

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