Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pineapple
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Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pineapple

Pineapple is a popular tropical fruit enjoyed around the world. Its sweet and tangy flavor makes pineapple an enjoyable snack or useful as an ingredient in juices, salads, and cooked meals. But how healthy is pineapple for bearded dragons?

Pineapple Nutrition

Below is the reptile nutrition label for pineapple. We created this label using information provided by the USDA and other trustworthy sources.

Reptile Nutrition

Pineapple (raw)Per 100g Serving
Core
Calories50Cal
Water Content86g
Carbohydrates13.12g
Total Carbohydrate13.12g
Fiber, total dietary1.4g
Sugars9.85g
Fructose2.12g
Glucose1.73g
Sucrose5.99g
Fat0.12g
Total Fat0.12g
Total saturated0.009g
16:00.005g
18:00.003g
Total monounsaturated0.013g
16:10.001g
18:10.012g
Total polyunsaturated0.04g
18:20.023g
18:30.017g
Proteins0.54g
Protein0.54g
Alanine0.033g
Arginine0.019g
Aspartic acid0.121g
Betaine0.1mg
Cystine0.014g
Glutamic acid0.079g
Glycine0.024g
Histidine0.01g
Isoleucine0.019g
Leucine0.024g
Lysine0.026g
Methionine0.012g
Phenylalanine0.021g
Proline0.017g
Serine0.035g
Threonine0.019g
Tryptophan0.005g
Tyrosine0.019g
Valine0.024g
Minerals
Calcium, Ca13mg
Copper0.11mg
Iron0.29mg
Magnesium12mg
Manganese0.927mg
Phosphorus, P8mg
Potassium, K109mg
Selenium0.1μg
Sodium1mg
Zinc0.12mg
Vitamins
Vitamin A, IU58IU
Vitamin A, RAE3μg
Beta-carotene35μg
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0.079mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0.032mg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)0.5mg
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)0.213mg
Vitamin B60.112mg
Vitamin B9 (Folate)18μg
Folate (from food)18μg
Folate (dietary equivalent)18μg
Vitamin C47.8mg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)0.02mg
Alpha Tocotrienol0.02mg
Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone)0.7μg
Choline5.5mg
Sterols
Phytosterols6mg
Other
Oxalates5mg
pH3.6
Nutrition Scores
Ca:P Ratio1.6:1
Ca:P RatingExceptional
Safe to FeedOnce per month
HealthinessUnhealthy

Notes/Instructions: Remove skin and leaves. Cut into small pieces.
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Pineapple Health Concerns

Pineapples may be considered a healthy snack for people, but they do have some health concerns with bearded dragons that makes them more of an infrequent treat than a staple food.

High Sugar Content

Pineapples contain a lot of sugar, in fact nearly 10% of the edible fruit is sugar by weight. That may be fine for people, but it's too much sugar for bearded dragons. Excessive sugar can lead to dental issues as well as obesity in beardies so this is a concern.

Very Acidic

The pH level of pineapple fruit is 3.6 making too acidic for beardies to eat without discomfort. Foods with lower pH levels can irritate the mouth and stomach linings in bearded dragons as well as lead to digestive discomfort.

How to Serve Pineapple

Pineapple is not the best fruit of choice for bearded dragons, but if you're beardie enjoys the taste of pineapple you'll be relieved to know you can serve it as a rare treat.

Pineapple has a lot of sugar, so each serving should only be a few small pieces. You should also serve pineapple alongside alkaline foods (pH value of 7+) like collard greens to help balance the pineapples acidity.

Preparing Pineapple

You should only feed your beardie fresh pineapple. Frozen or canned pineapple often contains extra sugar which needs to be avoided.

To prepare, remove the skin and leaves of the pineapple as well as the core. Slice the pineapple and cut into small pieces before serving.

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Authored by:The Bearded Dragon
Updated:March 9, 2023
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