Turnip Greens for Bearded Dragons
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Can Bearded Dragons Eat Turnip Greens

Turnip greens (or turnip tops) are the dark leafy tops of turnips. Their flavor is described as slightly bitter, earthy, and savory which makes them a popular ingredient for many dishes. Turnip greens are rich in vitamins and minerals and are considered nutritious for people, but how healthy are they for bearded dragons?

Turnip Green Nutrition

Below is the reptile nutrition label for turnip greens. We created this label with information provided by the USDA and other reputable sources.

Reptile Nutrition

Turnip Greens (raw)Per 100g Serving
Core
Calories32Cal
Water Content89.67g
Carbohydrates7.13g
Total Carbohydrate7.13g
Fiber, total dietary3.2g
Sugars0.81g
Fructose0.29g
Glucose0.52g
Fat0.3g
Total Fat0.3g
Total saturated0.07g
8:00.001g
10:00.002g
12:00.002g
14:00.003g
16:00.054g
18:00.01g
Total monounsaturated0.02g
16:10.014g
18:10.005g
Total polyunsaturated0.12g
18:20.036g
18:30.084g
Proteins1.5g
Protein1.5g
Alanine0.103g
Arginine0.094g
Aspartic acid0.158g
Cystine0.017g
Glutamic acid0.204g
Glycine0.09g
Histidine0.036g
Isoleucine0.078g
Leucine0.137g
Lysine0.098g
Methionine0.034g
Phenylalanine0.092g
Proline0.071g
Serine0.061g
Threonine0.082g
Tryptophan0.026g
Tyrosine0.058g
Valine0.102g
Minerals
Calcium, Ca190mg
Copper0.35mg
Iron1.1mg
Magnesium31mg
Manganese0.466mg
Phosphorus, P42mg
Potassium, K296mg
Selenium1.2μg
Sodium40mg
Zinc0.19mg
Vitamins
Vitamin A, IU11587IU
Vitamin A, RAE579μg
Beta-carotene6952μg
Lutein + Zeaxanthin12825μg
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0.07mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0.1mg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)0.6mg
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)0.38mg
Vitamin B60.263mg
Vitamin B9 (Folate)194μg
Folate (from food)194μg
Folate (dietary equivalent)194μg
Vitamin C60mg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)2.86mg
Gamma Tocopherol0.16mg
Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone)251μg
Sterols
Phytosterols12mg
Other
Oxalates50mg
pH6.3
Nutrition Scores
Ca:P Ratio4.5:1
Ca:P RatingExceptional
Safe to FeedDaily
HealthinessVery healthy

Notes/Instructions: Wash thoroughly. Remove stems and cut into smaller pieces.
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Turnip Green Health Benefits

It's rare to find greens that provide this level of nutrition. Usually a lack of calcium is the biggest concern with greens, but turnip greens actually provide a large surplus of calcium per serving making them a great choice for bearded dragons. It's calcium to phosphorus ratio puts turnip greens in our list of super foods (along side collard greens).

Other than calcium, turnip greens provide a large amount of Vitamin A. The large amount of Vitamin A should not be worrisome unless you're giving your beardie synthetic vitamin A.

You may notice turnip greens have a high amount of oxalates, which is normally a concern because oxalates reduce the amount of calcium being absorbed. However, turnip greens have so much surplus calcium the oxalic acid will have a major effect on calcium absorption.

How to Serve Turnip Greens

Turnip greens can be served to your bearded dragon daily without any major health concerns. Bearded dragons should only be served fresh raw greens, so you should avoid frozen or canned turnip greens. Fresh turnip greens can be found at many grocery stores or local markets. Most places sell the turnip greens still attached to the turnip, which is fine. Just make sure the leaves are dark green and not yellowing.

Preparing Turnip Greens

Remove the turnip from the greens (if attached). Wash the leaves thoroughly to remove any loose dirt and debris. Discard any leaves with a yellow or sickly appearance as they are past their prime. Remove any stems or portions that are too stiff to eat. Chop or cut the greens into smaller pieces and serve with other veggies or insects.

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