So I’ve read in several places, including this site, about its not calcium that’s the problem per se but the calcium/ phosphorous ratio of the foods they eat and the *type* of calcium can be an issue. I think that alfalfa, for example, is very easily absorbed and this isn’t good. And that the calcium to phosphorous ratio should be 1.5:1 or 2:1.
Example of articles I read:
1) Does this mean that if I feed her something with calcium, to make sure the phosphorous is half the amount of calcium?
2) does less phosphorous mean less calcium gets absorbed? What does keeping to this ratio do biologically?
Thanks so much and sorry for such a complex question! :P
My question is, when I see veggie charts on this website for example it will say (first # is calcium)
Collard greens 14.5:1
So I’m going to assume the higher the calcium # the worse it is? With that in mind Basil looks not “too” bad and watercress, despite being the highest in calcium has a good ratio so it will be on to feed then a few times a week? So as long as ration good is it safe to feed every day basically? Am I on the right path here?
Therefore despite watercress being high in calcium it’s ratio is good so therefore it’s ok to serve daily?
Thanks and sorry for confusion :D
They said high calcium veggies can be served daily *but* the ratio has to be there.
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/calcium-phosphor ... ggies.30297/
The example they gave
Carrot - 0.9:1
Cucumber - 0.7:1
Kale - 2.4:1
Broccoli - 0.7:1 (don’t serve if pig gets gassy)
Apple - 1.0:1
Add all the calcium numbers up (0.9 + 0.7 + 2.4 etc) and all the phosphorus (1 + 1 + 1 etc.).
The total for the above diet is 5.7:5.
Now divide by five - the number of different foods given.
5.7 divided by 5 = 1.14.
The Ca: P ratio for the above diet is 1.14:1.
So does this still hold true almost a decade on a logical way to do it?
Thanks so much!
It is hard to do things precisely. I think of the numbers as "guidelines" to a good diet.