can hamsters eat asparagus

Can Hamsters Eat Asparagus?

Updated August 20th, 2016. Asparagus is also called garden asparagus and is a spring vegetable.

Only young asparagus shoots are commonly eaten.

This happens once the asparagus buds start to open and the shoots quickly turn woody.

Asparagus is commonly used as a vegetable in its own right and also as a culinary ingredient in many different dishes found around the world.

So can hamsters eat asparagus?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more about them.

In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, calcium, phosphorus, and salt content is of particular interest as far as hamsters are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 85 kJ (20 kcal)
Carbohydrates
3.88 g
Sugars 1.88 g
Dietary fibre 2.1 g
Fat 0.12 g
Protein 2.2 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(5%) 38 μg
(4%) 449 μg
710 μg
Thiamine (B1) (12%) 0.143 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (12%) 0.141 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 0.978 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.274 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.091 mg
Folate (B9) (13%) 52 μg
Choline (3%) 16 mg
Vitamin C (7%) 5.6 mg
Vit E (7%) 1.1 mg
Vitamin K (40%) 41.6 μg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 24 mg
Iron (16%) 2.14 mg
Magnesium (4%) 14 mg
Manganese (8%) 0.158 mg
Phosphorus (7%) 52 mg
Potassium (4%) 202 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (6%) 0.54 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see, asparagus contains a hint of sodium, fat and calcium, quite a bit of phosphorus, a lot of acidic content, and a little sugar

Because of this, it means that they can eat asparagus in small amounts in moderation.

One or two small pieces at a time is enough for them, but make sure that they are small enough that they can hold in their paws.

Fresh young asparagus shoots are best for them, purchased from any good grocery store.

Make sure it is washed thoroughly before feeding it to them though, so that any unwanted germs are removed.

They cannot eat canned asparagus or frozen asparagus.