Beets are also called beetroot and are a very popular root vegetable that is eaten around the world.
They are extremely versatile as a culinary food and are used in many different dishes.
Beets can be steamed or boiled, they can be peeled and then consumed when they are warm or hot with or without butter.
They can be pickled, cooked and then also eaten as a condiment or can be eaten as a salad when they are peeled and then shredded raw.
Indeed, pickled beets are a delicacy in many different countries around the world.
So can hamsters eat beets?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as hamsters are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 180 kJ (43 kcal)
Sugars 7.96 g
Dietary fiber 2.0 g
Fat .18 g
Protein 1.68 g
Vitamin A equiv. (0%) 2 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) .031 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) .027 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) .331 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) .145 mg
Vitamin B6 (5%) .067 mg
Folate (B9) (20%) 80 μg
Vitamin C (4%) 3.6 mg
Calcium (2%) 16 mg
Iron (6%) .79 mg
Magnesium (6%) 23 mg
Manganese (14%) 0.3 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 38 mg
Potassium (6%) 305 mg
Sodium (5%) 77 mg
Zinc (4%) .35 mg
As you can see, beets contain quite a bit of salt, phosphorus, a hint of calcium and fat, a lot of acidic content and sugar.
This means that unfortunately, beets are not good for hamsters to eat.
They are just too acidic and sweet for hamsters and will make them sick if they are eaten.
Beets are a definitely a food to avoid feeding hamsters.