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    Question Need new Vit C source

    My girl, Pumpkin, has decided she doesn't like bell peppers anymore so I am looking for a high Vit C lower Calcium food to give her.. Cilantro is low in Vit C, parsley is high but parsley is high in Calcium. Suggestions welcome. Thank you!

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    Re: Need new Vit C source

    You can always use Oasis drops. Make sure you get the Vitamin C one, and not the multivitamin. Packaging is almost identical

    https://www.petsmart.com/small-pet/h...c-5271671.html

    Just draw up .3 or .4 ml and give it straight to your pig, or sprinkle it on other veggies.

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    Re: Need new Vit C source

    We love Oxbow vitamin c cookies, if you want a non-veggie.

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    Re: Need new Vit C source

    Thank you!

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    Re: Need new Vit C source

    Stop feeding the peppers for a while, then try again in a few weeks. Sometimes they get tired of something and when it shows up again they are interested.

    Mine decided she didn’t like peppers right after I had just bought several. So to keep them from spoiling I cleaned them, sliced them up and froze them. Turned out she liked them frozen.

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    Re: Need new Vit C source

    Thanks! I have never tried frozen before. I'll put some slices in the freezer and switch to parsley for now.

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    Re: Need new Vit C source

    Besides the drops, mint is high in vitamin c and so are tomatoes! I do drops and a small portion of herbs and veggies containing vitamin c!

    https://myguineapiggy.com/herbs-for-guinea-pigs/

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    Re: Need new Vit C source

    Thanks! Stubborn girl started eating peppers again

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    Re: Need new Vit C source

    Tomatoes are not high in vitamin C.

    Mint is high in calcium, about the same amount as parlsey. Give it as a treat only.

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    Re: Need new Vit C source

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Tomatoes are not high in vitamin C.

    Mint is high in calcium, about the same amount as parlsey. Give it as a treat only.
    I only give a small amount of fruits and veg a daily. But tomatoes are a great source of vitamin c- https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9605204/

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    Re: Need new Vit C source

    Good to hear! They have their picky days don’t they! I have a piggy named pumpkin as well

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    Re: Need new Vit C source

    From the USDA (https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/), 100 grams of each item, then the amount of vitamin C:

    Tomatoes: 13.7 mg of Vitamin C
    Red Bell Pepper: 128 mg
    Yellow Bell Pepper: 184 mg
    Green Bell Pepper: 80.4 mg

    I moved your link to your chart off the forum because it contains a number of inaccuracies. If you want to rework it and send it to me, I'll consider posting it again.

    1, one cup of cherry tomatoes has 18.9 grams of vitamin C. One cup of red bell pepper has 190 grams -- 10 times as much as tomatoes. Green peppers have 120 grams, a little over six times as much.

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    Re: Need new Vit C source

    Could you send me a private message with some info to correct the inaccuracies? I try to research from only reputable sources such a veterinarian sites and double check, and I don’t want to be putting false info out there. Thank you

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    Re: Need new Vit C source

    You need USDA data -- that's the gold standard for nutritional analysis. That link I gave you will have everything you need.

    But you need to be careful of what measurements they're talking about. Most things will be measured in 100 gram amounts, but you may find some in ounces or cups. You just need to be sure they're the same, else you'll be comparing apples and oranges.

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