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Opuntia (Nopales) Cactus Powder

Opuntia cactus (nopales) is an excellent food for reptiles. Its high in fiber and calcium and low in phosphorous. However quality cactus pads are available in limited quantities. The powder has all the nutrition of the pads minus the water (pads are 94% water). The powder is used like calcium supplements....light sprinkled on the food 3 times a week.
 

As you can see from the following chart, the pads are 90% water. The powder is around 5% water. So 1/2 pound of powder = about 5 pounds of pads

Cactus is a great source of calcium. It has more calcium than milk
Milk .113% and cactus .164%

 

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Nopales, raw

Scientific Name:     Nopalea cochenillifera
                                Opuntia cochenillifera

NDB No:     11963

Nutrient Units Value per
100 grams of
edible portion
Sample
Count
Std.
Error
Proximates
Water
g
94.12
8
0.107
Energy
kcal
16
0
 
Energy
kj
66
0
 
Protein
g
1.32
4
0.141
Total lipid (fat)
g
0.09
4
0.021
Ash
g
1.14
4
0.103
Carbohydrate, by difference
g
3.33
0
 
Fiber, total dietary
g
2.2
8
0.094
Sugars, total
g
1.15
0
 
Minerals
Calcium, Ca
mg
164
4
26.039
Iron, Fe
mg
0.59
4
0.108
Magnesium, Mg
mg
52
4
3.568
Phosphorus, P
mg
16
4
1.262
Potassium, K
mg
257
4
37.582
Sodium, Na
mg
21
8
1.607
Zinc, Zn
mg
0.25
4
0.030
Copper, Cu
mg
0.052
4
0.008
Manganese, Mn
mg
0.457
4
0.033
Selenium, Se
mcg
0.7
0
 
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
mg
9.3
4
2.929
Thiamin
mg
0.012
4
0.002
Riboflavin
mg
0.041
4
0.002
Niacin
mg
0.410
4
0.077
Pantothenic acid
mg
0.167
4
0.012
Vitamin B-6
mg
0.070
4
0.014
Folate, total
mcg
3
4
0.931
Folic acid
mcg
0
0
 
Folate, food
mcg
3
4
0.931
Folate, DFE
mcg_DFE
3
0
 
Vitamin B-12
mcg
0.00
0
 
Vitamin A, IU
IU
457
0
 
Vitamin A, RAE
mcg_RAE
23
0
 
Retinol
mcg
0
0
 
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
mg
0.00
0
 
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
mcg
5.3
0
 
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated
g
0.016
0
 
4:0
g
0.000
0
 
6:0
g
0.000
0
 
8:0
g
0.000
0
 
10:0
g
0.000
0
 
12:0
g
0.000
0
 
14:0
g
0.000
0
 
16:0
g
0.012
0
 
18:0
g
0.002
0
 
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated
g
0.018
0
 
16:1 undifferentiated
g
0.002
0
 
18:1 undifferentiated
g
0.017
0
 
20:1
g
0.000
0
 
22:1 undifferentiated
g
0.000
0
 
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated
g
0.050
0
 
18:2 undifferentiated
g
0.044
0
 
18:3 undifferentiated
g
0.005
0
 
18:4
g
0.000
0
 
20:4 undifferentiated
g
0.000
0
 
20:5 n-3
g
0.000
0
 
22:5 n-3
g
0.000
0
 
22:6 n-3
g
0.000
0
 
Cholesterol
mg
0
0
 
Amino acids
Tryptophan
g
0.014
4
 
Threonine
g
0.040
4
 
Isoleucine
g
0.049
4
 
Leucine
g
0.077
4
 
Lysine
g
0.059
4
 
Methionine
g
0.015
4
 
Cystine
g
0.008
4
 
Phenylalanine
g
0.049
4
 
Tyrosine
g
0.029
4
 
Valine
g
0.059
4
 
Arginine
g
0.052
4
 
Histidine
g
0.025
4
 
Alanine
g
0.050
4
 
Aspartic acid
g
0.086
4
 
Glutamic acid
g
0.145
4
 
Glycine
g
0.046
4
 
Proline
g
0.043
4
 
Serine
g
0.043
4
 
Other
Alcohol, ethyl
g
0.0
0
 
Caffeine
mg
0
0
 
Theobromine
mg
0
0
 
Carotene, beta
mcg
250
4
114.052
Carotene, alpha
mcg
48
2
 
Cryptoxanthin, beta
mcg
0
0
 
Lycopene
mcg
0
0
 
Lutein + zeaxanthin
mcg
0
0
 
USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 16 (July 2003)
 
 
 
 
 

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