can hamsters eat broccoli

Can Hamsters Eat Broccoli?

Last updated August 16th, 2016. Broccoli is a popular vegetable that is eaten around the world as an ingredient or as a food in its own right.

So can hamsters eat broccoli at all?

Let’s take a look at its nutritional data and find out more.

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 141 kJ (34 kcal)
6.64 g
Sugars 1.7 g
Dietary fiber 2.6 g
0.37 g
2.82 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(4%) 31 μg
(3%) 361 μg
1403 μg
Thiamine (B1) (6%) 0.071 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (10%) 0.117 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.639 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(11%) 0.573 mg
Vitamin B6 (13%) 0.175 mg
Folate (B9) (16%) 63 μg
Vitamin C (107%) 89.2 mg
Vit E (5%) 0.78 mg
Vitamin K (97%) 101.6 μg
Calcium (5%) 47 mg
Iron (6%) 0.73 mg
Magnesium (6%) 21 mg
Manganese (10%) 0.21 mg
Phosphorus (9%) 66 mg
Potassium (7%) 316 mg
Sodium (2%) 33 mg
Zinc (4%) 0.41 mg
Other constituents
Water 89.3 g

source wikipedia

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

This means that they can eat it in very small amounts on an occasional basis.

This is because of its acidic and water content.

One or two small pieces that they can comfortably hold in their paws should suffice for them.

Make sure it is washed thoroughly before hand.

Raw broccoli is best for them, although they can eat cooked broccoli as long as it is cooled before giving it to them and doesn’t contain any other flavorings or additives.

Avoid feeding them frozen broccoli.