When you cook foods, you lose some of the nutrients, especially vitamin C. It also changes the structure of the food so it is digested differently - I am going to guess the carbohydrates are more available.
I checked over spinach, normalizing for calories, comparing cooked and raw vegs. Cooking results in a loss of calcium, iron, phosophorus, potasium, several minerals, vitamin A, B vitamins, Folate (a dramatic loss), and vitamin C (also a dramatic loss). I failed to remember how to use Excel to do this the easy way and just used my calculator for comparison. Losses vary from perhaps 5-10% to 40% or more.
I have never fed cooked vegs to my guinea pigs.
And what are your thoughts and experiences? Has anyone fed cooked vegs?
- Remembering Nemo
Is there an address or an email we can write the author? It's upsetting me to see such poor advice and would like to express my concern to the author.
However, since guinea pigs NEED cellulose in their diet (fiber) and they are grazing animals who are better able to grind up food on their broad molars and who digest cellulose in their cecum *and* who reingest the cecal pellets for greater nutrition extraction, this recommendation to feed cooked vegetables makes no sense.
I have offered up cooked pumpkin my guinea pigs, and I once gave my guinea pigs a solidified lump of frozen peas to nibble at when it was quite hot, but other than that I can't think of any other time I've given canned or cooked food.
They are obsessed with strawberry/grape smoothies. I do it so that they are used to syringes and associate them with tasty things. Then, when they are sick it's not a new scarry thing.
Aside from training, it's pretty much not worse the hassle of cleaning the blender, syringe, and pig faces as a regular treat.
They absolutely adore them, and so do I. I've been eating frozen veggies right from the freezer since I was a toddler (we called them "shiverin's" in my house). But I don't feed them too often, since frozen veggies tend to be higher in sugar (sweet peas, carrots, corn, etc.)
Cooking the veggies would only be more work, and wouldn't help anything, and who knows if she'd even eat them cooked anyway, which is why I just don't see the point in it.
That's my opinion.