Can Bearded Dragons Eat Bean Sprouts? (The Balanced Diet)

Yes, Bearded Dragons can eat bean sprouts. However, I don’t recommend providing them with all of their meals. I recommend serving bean sprouts to your Bearded Dragon in moderation.

Bean sprouts provide the nutrients your Bearded Dragon needs to thrive and be healthy. However, bean sprouts have improper calcium-to-phosphorus ratios, and Bearded Dragons need calcium for healthy bone growth.

In this article, I will go in-depth about everything you need to know about feeding your Bearded Dragon bean sprouts.

Health Benefits Of Bearded Dragons Eating Bean Sprouts

Bean sprouts provide health benefits such as increased disease/infection immunity, promoted growth, and improved appetite.

  • Increased Immunity

Bean sprouts contain high levels of vitamin C making it easy to reach the recommended levels your Bearded Dragon requires. Offering better protection against various diseases and infections.

  • Promoted Growth

Bean sprouts are high in proteins which are great for encouraging muscle growth in Bearded Dragons, especially younger Bearded Dragons as they grow at a faster rate and the high levels of proteins offer better physical development.

Bean sprouts are also high in iron for improved blood health and B vitamins for increased metabolism.

  • Improved Appetite

Due to the flavor of this vegetable, even the fussiest of Bearded Dragons will want to eat some. 

I would feed my Bearded Dragon (Spyro) bean sprouts to entice him to eat his vegetables as he was more of an insect kind of eater.

Risks Of Bearded Dragons Eating Bean Sprouts

As I mentioned earlier, bean sprouts should only be fed to your Bearded Dragon in moderation. This is because of its high acidity content.

Acidic foods being consumed in high amounts are capable of damaging your pet’s stomach lining leading to sickness such as diarrhea.

So not only will your pet be uncomfortable and unwell, but you’ll also have a not-so-pleasant mess to clean up. 

Diarrhea can lead to more serious and even life-threatening diseases such as kidney disease, and heart failure due to excessive dehydration.

Should Bearded Dragons Eat Cooked Or Raw Bean Sprouts?

Bearded Dragons should only ever eat raw bean sprouts. Cooking this vegetable reduces the nutritional value being offered to your pet and makes the feeding of it redundant.

Remember: Never feed your Bearded Dragon cooked bean sprouts.

Are Bean Sprouts Safe For Baby Bearded Dragons To Eat?

Yes, baby Bearded Dragons are safe to eat bean sprouts, as I mentioned earlier they’re high in protein, iron, and calcium and will offer healthy muscle and bone growth as your pet matures.

Remember not to overfeed your Bearded Dragon bean sprouts due to the acidity levels. I recommend only providing bean sprouts in 1 – 2 meals a week for baby/juvenile Bearded Dragons. And only 1 meal per week for adults Bearded Dragons.

How To Feed Bean Sprouts To Bearded Dragons?

When it comes to adding bean sprouts to your Bearded Dragons diet, consider these 6 things when doing so.

  1. Freshness: Ensure the bean sprouts are fresh and free from any signs of spoilage.
  1. Variety: Bean sprouts should not make up a significant portion of their diet. They should be part of a diverse diet that includes a variety of insects, leafy greens, and vegetables.
  1. Size: Cut or chop the bean sprouts into smaller, bite-sized pieces to make it easier for your bearded dragon to eat.
  1. Washing: Rinse the bean sprouts thoroughly to remove any potential pesticides or contaminants.
  1. Organic Sprouts: If possible, choose organic bean sprouts as they’re less likely to contain harmful chemicals.
  1. Balance: Maintain a balanced diet for your bearded dragon, with appropriate calcium and phosphorus ratios, to ensure their overall health.

Important Notice: Never force-feed your Bearded Dragon because you think they need specific foods. If they don’t want to eat it, it probably means they don’t like it.

Nutritional Value In Bean Sprouts Facts

Nutrition Value Of Bean Sprouts Per 100 Grams
Calories30 Kcal
Sodium6 mg
Carbohydrates5.94 g
Fiber1.8 g
Sugar4.13 g
Proteins3.16 g
Vitamin C13.2 mg
Calcium13.5 mg
Phosphorus54 mg
Food Data Central

Summary

There you have it, all the information you need to know when it comes to feeding your Bearded Dragon bean sprouts.

Remember, Bearded Dragons can eat bean sprouts, but only in moderation and surrounded by a balanced diet.

Baby Bearded Dragons: To be fed bean sprouts one-two times per week.

Adult Bearded Dragons: To be fed bean sprouts once per week.