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Posted by DarrellS on May 06, 2003 at 22:53:01:
In Reply to: Collard greens for Star tort? posted by trimtrig on May 06, 2003 at 21:17:22:
: Is this a high fiber plant and ok for stars? Cant seem to find any info on them, just how to cook them with grits.
For a nutritional table that includes Collards go to:
As a part of a varied diet Collards should not cause any difficulty. I would not base the diet on them though. The Calcium / Phosphorus ratio is good (131 mg - 45 mg / 100g Ca - Ph)
Collards are a member of the brassica family which includes cabbage, collards, kale and broccoli and can cause goiter if fed in excess amounts, but the feeding of a varied diet that is not heavily based on these plants should offset this tendency.
Collards also contain a little oxalic acid which can interfere with calcium utilization - but again this is much less than it would be for something like Parsley (Parsley = 1.7g / 100g , Collards = 0.45g /100g) Again - feeding a varied diet should minimize any danger with this.
Excellent foods would include dandelion, grape leaves and mulberry leaves.