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    Are Jerusalem Artichokes Okay?

    I haven't been able to find an answer to this anywhere. Can piggies eat Jerusalem Artichokes? These are not anything like regular artichokes, and they are also known as sunroot or sunchoke or earth apple or topinambur. They are the root of a sunflower plant native to the United States. I'm in a co-op (CSA) through a local farm so I get boxes of veggies every week from them and have a ton of these things. Thanks for the help!

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    Re: Are Jerusalem Artichokes Okay?

    That is a really good question. I'm curious now.

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    Re: Are Jerusalem Artichokes Okay?

    The are high in sugars 10g per 100 grams. The phosphorus is much higher than the calcium making it not great to feed often. The ca: p ratio is 0.17:1. You generally want to stick to things that have a higher content of calcium vs. phosphorus otherwise it can lead to phosphate stones and mineral loss of the bones.

    They contain very little C content, only 4mg of C per 100 grams.

    It could be fed once in a great while (once or twice a month maybe) in tiny portions but it's probably better off not being given due to high sugars, inverse ca: p and barely and C content.

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