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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > DIET & CARE > Why Iceberg lettuce is bad.
Last Post by LoveChaCha at 4/02/2011 10:53 AM (27 Replies)
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User is Offline mocha200
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3/21/2011 12:00 PM

I have always wondered why it is bad. Is it because it is low in nutrients? because celery is low in nutrients too but you can still feed that to bunnies. Is there another reason why its bad?
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User is Offline Monkeybun
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3/21/2011 2:49 PM
Iceberg lettuce isn't just low on nutrients, the nutrients just do not exist. They are just water, really. And you don't want the buns to fill up on something that will do nothing for htem. If they fill up on iceberg, they won't be hungry for food that actually feeds them and keeps them healthy.

User is Offline mocha200
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3/21/2011 6:14 PM
I see so its not that its " bad " for them, its just that other veggies such as romaine lettuce is better. Thanks.
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User is Offline Monkeybun
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3/21/2011 6:26 PM
No, its bad alright. Its substance with no vitamins or nutrition. Its like us eating paper. We get full, but get nothing out of it. We would spend more energy digesting it than we would get out of it. Even though we could eat it, doesn't mean we should.

Keep away from iceberg!

User is Offline mocha200
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3/21/2011 6:35 PM
ok thank you
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User is Offline LoveChaCha
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3/21/2011 10:21 PM
Romaine is full of nutrients, the darker the green, the better Red Leaf Lettuce is nommy too, but tends to rot easier.

Romaine and Red Leaf both contain beta carotene, which is good for the eyes
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User is Offline Sarita
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3/22/2011 5:19 AM

Here's a good reply from Dana Krempel's on why iceberg lettuce is not recommended:

en.allexperts.com/q/Rabbits-703/200...ettuce.htm

and here - it's more info on lettuce and I recommend reading this:

en.allexperts.com/q/Rabbits-703/Lettuce-1.htm

I think her answer makes alot of sense and I've wondered myself about iceberg lettuce - my vet recenlty recommended it for Toffee to help keep her weight off because she thought it would be a good low calorie filler - I've not given it to her instead have just increased the romaine. 


User is Offline mocha200
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3/22/2011 6:52 AM
I would never feed it to the buns I just wanted to know why so when people ask me why they can't feed it to the rabbits i will know what to say besides "its bad for them". Thank you guys so much, and thanks for the links sarita.
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User is Offline Sarita
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3/22/2011 7:14 AM
I think the second reply by Dana has alot of insight as to why this is not recommended due to pesticides more than anything.

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
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3/25/2011 10:22 PM
I was so wondering this too because I am eating lots of salad and mixing romaine in with iceburg...and was wondering if I could share at all. I was just curious because if it's water and fibre...whats the harm? But thank you for the articles!!! I really like to know 'why'
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User is Offline Beka27
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3/26/2011 3:29 AM
Great answers from Dr. Krempel!

There are so many BETTER things to feed other than iceburg!
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User is Offline jerseygirl
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3/26/2011 3:52 AM

A lot of lettuce contain a substance that can have a mild sedative effect. Iceberg has more then romaine has but I don't know how it compares with other lettuces. I think iceberg could have got a bad name because it's common, readily available, cheap and may have been the only thing people were giving them. Like a whole iceberg lettuce. Given like that it's bound to have caused some digestive upsets.

The other thing with lettuces is they're often wet when you buy them.They can be contaminated with harmful bacteria and when wet for too long, this only worsens and they perish rapidly also.

I'm not a big fan of lettuces for the rabbits. I do give it but it doesn't make up the majority of their greens. I like to buy things that are more fibrous and robust. The added bonus is those greens last longer stored so I don't feel like I'm discarding the majority and wasting money.

Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline mocha200
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3/26/2011 6:45 AM
What kind of veggies do you buy? I would feel bad if i stopped giving lettuce because its one of there favorite veggies.
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User is Offline jerseygirl
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3/26/2011 7:33 AM
You could continue to give it. I think some forms last longer then others. It's just my personal preference. I also don't like to eat it myself much. ;o)
I tend to buy things like curly endive, radacchio, celery (mostly for the tops) brussel sprouts when in season, flat leaf parsley, carrot tops (free!) sometimes regular broccoli or chinese broccoli or broccoli di rabe which is really leafy. Chicory(dandelion greens?) and tuscan kale when it's cheap.

If your growing veggies for yourselves you can feed the leaves from broccoli and cauliflower plants, turnip and beet root tops and carrot tops of course.
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline LoveChaCha
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3/26/2011 8:16 AM
Cilantro, Parsley are yummies. I occasionally will buy a wheat grass as a treat
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User is Offline Sarita
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3/26/2011 2:11 PM
Lettuce is perfectly fine. Romaine, green leaf or red leaf and Spring Mixes and the curly endive, raddicchio are also fine. Mocha if you are giving them this now, please continue, it's perfectly fine and healthy for them and they like it.

User is Offline BB
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3/26/2011 10:58 PM
This is very good to know though about the pesticide/water content with iceberg. It makes sense as celery can have the same issue with pesticide amounts due to the high water content of celery. I normally buy organic when I can afford it, but celery I normally always get organic for the same reason. (higher pesticide content)

User is Offline Jenna, Chubs & Comet
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3/27/2011 5:18 PM
My boys go absolutely crazy for Kale, Basil and Mint! They also like cilantro, parsley (either italian or regular), bok choy, romaine lettuce, and cellery.
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User is Offline Roxygirl
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3/31/2011 8:30 AM
Does anyone know if the color of the romaine leaves matter? I've always wondered about the innermost leaves of my romaine heads as I've always been told no iceberg OR light colored leaves and the inner leaves tend to be lighter colored. I usually just use them to make a small salad for myself when I can remember to use them before they spoil, but I would rather feed them to Heffie if he can have them.

User is Offline Sarita
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3/31/2011 8:43 AM
I always use the inner leaves - I usually buy the hearts of Romaine anyway. Usually the inner leaves are more tender. I'm sure the outer leaves are more nutritious which doesn't mean that necessarily the inner leaves are not. The outer leaves are the older tougher leaves. I see no need to waste any of your Romaine lettuce.
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