Green Leafy Goodness

#1
Some info on a few of the common green leafy gutload items that many of you already know about, but which I hope some of you will nevertheless find useful….

Arugula (aka Rocket)
https://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/485-arugula-rocket-eruca-sativa.html
A good source of Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Zinc and Copper, and a very good source of Fiber, Beta carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Manganese. Low in oxalates. A good choice.

Basil
https://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/517-basil-ocimum-basilicum.html
Basil contains Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Riboflavin and Niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Beta Carotene, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Manganese. It has only a moderate amount of oxalic acid. In short, a nice addition to your gutload.

Collards
https://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/182-collards.html
a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Niacin and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Carotene (pro-Vitamin A), Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium and Manganese - in short, Full of goodness. But unfortunately, also pretty full of oxalic acid and thus should form only a small part of your gutload.

Dandelion Greens
https://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/140-nutitional-value-raw-dandelion-leaves.html
A good source of Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Carotene (pro-Vitamin A), Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Potassium and Manganese. Young leaves are low in oxalic acid, old leaves are bitter and moderately high in oxalic acid.

Grape Vine Leaves
https://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/361-nutrients-grape-leaves.html
A very good source of Fiber, Carotenes (pro-Vitamin A), Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese, plus also has Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Niacin and Iron. low in oxalic acid. A good gutload choice.

Kale
https://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/657-kale.html
A good source Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, Fiber, Carotene (pro-Vitamin A), Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Calcium, Potassium, Manganese and plant protein. So good for occassional use in gutload, but as it is moderately high in oxalic acid this should not be a regular daily staple.

Mustard Greens
https://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/192-nutrients-mustard-greens.html
A good source of Fiber, Carotene (pro-Vitamin A), Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese and also Protein, Niacin and Phosphorus. Calcium:phosphorous ratio is 2.36:1 Has low to moderate oxalic acid content, low to moderately goitrogenic. Mustard greens make a good gutload choice for fairly regular but not daily use.

Romaine Lettuce
https://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/183-romaine-lettuce.html
Probably the best of the lettuces, as far as gutloading goes. Along with being a good water source for your feeders, also provides a little Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Folate, Iron, Potassium and Manganese.

Spearmint
https://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/203-spearmint.html
A source of carotene, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. Also has some Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Phosphorus and Zinc.

Swiss Chard
https://www.chameleonforums.com/blogs/sandrachameleon/656-swiss-chard.html
A good source of bone-wanting copper, calcium, vitamin K, manganese, and magnesium; antioxidants alpha and beta Carotene (pro-A), vitamin C, and vitamin E; heart-healthy potassium and folate; energy-producing iron, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, vitamin B5, biotin, and niacin;and immune supportive zinc. A good source of flavonoids and betalains phytonutrients. Regrettably, also quite high in Oxalic Acid and thus should not be a frequent gutload choice.

 
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ataraxia

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#2
Just planted some basil yesterday and it is pretty sad one of the first things i thought was..i wonder how nutritious the leaves are for gutloading LOL!
 
#3
Just planted some basil yesterday and it is pretty sad one of the first things i thought was..i wonder how nutritious the leaves are for gutloading LOL!
LOL I hear you.
I was harvesting some greens for my salad and some mint for a mojito, and as usual cut extra for the bugs. Those bugs often eat better than I do. LOL:D
 
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