Last update September 3rd, 2016. Bananas are an edible fruit that are produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants in the genus Musa.
They are called plantains in some countries and are variable in size, color and firmness.
Bananas are usually elongated and curved and have soft flesh that is rich in starch and covered with a rind.
They are usually yellow, red, purple, brown or green color when they have ripened. (source)
So can hamsters eat bananas at all?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more
In particular, we are interested in their water, acidic, phosphorus, sugar, fat, calcium, and salt content as far as hamsters are concerned.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.4 g 0%
Saturated fat 0.1 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 1 mg 0%
Potassium 422 mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 27 g 9%
Dietary fiber 3.1 g 12%
Sugar 14 g
Protein 1.3 g 2%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 17%
Vitamin D 0%
Vit B-6 20%
Vitamin B-12 0%
As you can see, bananas contain a hint of calcium and fat, and a lot of sugar.
This means that some hamsters can eat bananas but unfortunately, others can’t.
Bananas are fine for Syrian’s. They can eat they in small amounts on an occasional basis. Just chop it up into a few small pieces that they can hold in their paws comfortably. The sugar content of bananas means they can’t eat too much of it unfortunately.
As with Syrian’s, bananas are fine for Roborovski hamsters to eat. Just small amounts on an occasional basis. Make sure they chopped up into small pieces that they can hold in their paws. These pieces will be smaller than those fed to Syrian’s.
Winter white dwarf hamsters
Unfortunately, bananas are not good for Winter white dwarf’s. Their sugar content is not good for them, and as these species are prone to diabetes, it means that eating banana will not be good for them at all unfortunately.
As with winter white dwarf’s, Chinese hamsters are also prone to diabetes and so banana should be avoided as a food for them.
Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters
They are also not good for these species as they too are prone to diabetes. As a result, it is a food to avoid feeding them.