Can Pigs Eat Cauliflower Leaves?

Can Pigs Eat Cauliflower Leaves?

Pigs


Pigs are omnivorous animals, that is, they can eat from a wide range of plants and animals. 

Pigs are not known to be selective eaters. Almost anything goes for them. 

Cauliflowers are one of the best vegetable options for your pigs. Aside from cauliflowers, cabbages are also one of the pigs' favorites. Many people tend to immediately dispose of the leaves of cauliflowers. Whereas, leaves can be utilized to feed our domestic animals.

Can pigs eat cauliflower leaves

Yes, pigs can eat cauliflower leaves but only in moderation. Pigs like to eat cauliflower, including their pigs. Cauliflower leaves are usually crunchy.  It has been reported that pigs seem to like cauliflower leaves more than cauliflower florets. 

Cauliflower leaves have a lot of nutrients to offer to your pigs. This would lead us to the next subheading.


BENEFITS OF CAULIFLOWER LEAVES

It is no surprise that the benefits of cauliflower leaves are enormous. It has a lot of benefits for both humans and animals. Severe clinically oriented research has been carried out and here are some of the benefits found from cauliflowers. 

  • Protein

Cauliflowers have a decent amount of protein in them. Proteins are required in the body to help with the repair of damaged tissues. Proteins also serve as a constituent of a balanced diet. 100g of cauliflower leaves contain about 5.9 grams of protein.

  • Water

Cauliflower contains about 80 % of water. Isn't that amazing? Water is an essential mineral in life. Pigs need water for better body functions. Water aids digestion, it also prevents constipation. Aside from all this, water helps flush bacteria from the bladder.

  • Price

Another positive benefit of cauliflower leaves includes that they are inexpensive. You do not have to go all your way out financially to feed your pigs. Pigs are simple animals, they do not need to be expensive to get satisfied. Cauliflowers are one of the cheapest vegetables to get your pigs. 

  • Fiber

Of course, cauliflower leaves contain dietary fiber. One gram of cauliflower leaves contains about 2.0 grams of fiber. Fiber helps aid better bowel movements. It also helps soften stool for easy release.

  • Calcium

One of the most essential minerals is calcium. Cauliflower leaves are said to be the richest source of calcium. Calcium gives the system immunity, and better bone and teeth growth. 100 grams of cauliflower leaves contain 626 mg of calcium. 

  • Phosphorus

Cauliflower leaves are rich in phosphorus. 100 grams of cauliflower leaves are made up of 107 grams of phosphorus. The function of phosphorus is in the formation of bones and teeth. It also plays an important role in how the body uses carbohydrates and fats.

  • Energy

This is also known as calorie level. As expected the calorie level of cauliflower leaves is not high. 100 grams of cauliflower leaves only contains about 66 kcal (calorie). This also means that pigs can eat cauliflower leaves without gaining unhealthy excess weight. 


Major Difference between Cauliflower and Cauliflower leaves


The report has shown that cauliflower leaves are more nutritious than cauliflower florets. 


By the data provided by Food Composition Table, National Institution of Nutrition, Hyderabad, India, the nutritive value of fresh cauliflower and its leaves compare as follows-

A comparison table of both Cauliflower and Cauliflower leaves at a dietary value of 100 grams

Name of the Nutrient(s)

Cauliflower

Cauliflower leaves

Water (g)

90.8

80

Protein (g)

2.6

5.9g

Fat (g)

0.4

1.3g

Carbohydrate(g)

4

7.6g

Dietary fiber(g)

1.2

2.0g

Total ash (g)

1.0

3.2 g

Energy (Kcal)

30

66

Calcium (mg)

33

626

Phosphorus (mg)

57

107

Iron (mg)

1.23

40



According to this table, it can be deduced that many of the nutritional values in cauliflower leaves are far higher than that of cauliflower. This includes protein which is more than two times the protein content of cauliflower. Another example is the calcium value which is about 19 times more than that of cauliflower. Also, according to the table, the iron and phosphorus content is higher when compared to cauliflowers. 


RAW CAULIFLOWER LEAVES VS COOKED CAULIFLOWERS

You might assume serving your pets with cooked cauliflowers is the best, but it is not. Cauliflower leaves are ideal when raw.  This is because raw cauliflowers would still retain their nutrients, unlike cooked ones. Pigs can actually eat the cooked ones, it is just not recommended. Cooked vegetables including cauliflowers are also said to cause diarrhea. Thus, cauliflower leaves are best served raw to pigs.  


CAN PIGS EAT CAULIFLOWER EVERYDAY

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Cauliflowers and their leaves should not be fed to pigs daily. There should be a limit to everything. As mentioned earlier, cauliflower leaves contain a high percentage of calcium. Consumption of a high percentage of calcium leads to health complications like kidney stones or bladder stones (stony-like masses in the kidney or bladder). It can also cause indigestion as well as bloating. It is recommended to only feed your pets with cauliflowers once or twice a week. Mixing these cauliflowers or cauliflower leaves with other vegetables makes it easier to control the portion. 


It is also important to note that not all pigs would instantly love cauliflower and their leaves. It is therefore important to study their physical and emotional reactions to any food you are serving to them for the first time. 


Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cauliflower Stalks

Guinea pigs can eat cauliflower stalks or stems, but only in moderation. Cauliflower stalks might be a little bit harder for guinea pigs to chew on, but they can be good for their teeth and dental care. Cauliflower stems are rich in beneficial nutrients for pigs, but they also have more fiber. Excess fiber can cause bloating, diarrhea, or vomiting. This is why you need to control the portion you feed to your pets. 

There are also branded cauliflower stalks, which are salty snacks for kids and adults. Pigs can’t eat cauliflower stalks snacks because these snacks can be very harmful to their stomach. These snacks have been processed with different additives which might be harmful to the pets. 


In summary, now that you know that pigs can eat cauliflower leaves, I believe you would be willing to keep those leaves for your pet the next time you purchase a cauliflower. 

 

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