Brown rice is whole grain rice that has had its outer hull removed.
It is the same kind of rice as white rice but has had further milling and polishing so as to remove the bran layer and germ.
Any type of rice that is unpolished may be eaten as brown rice.
It is better than white rice nutritionally to humans
So can hamsters eat brown rice at all?
Let’s take a look at its nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, its 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 1,548 kJ (370 kcal)
Sugars 0.85 g
Dietary fiber 3.52 g
Thiamine (B1) (35%) 0.401 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (8%) 0.093 mg
Niacin (B3) (34%) 5.091 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(30%) 1.493 mg
Vitamin B6 (39%) 0.509 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 20 μg
Calcium (2%) 23 mg
Iron (11%) 1.47 mg
Magnesium (40%) 143 mg
Manganese (178%) 3.743 mg
Phosphorus (48%) 333 mg
Potassium (5%) 223 mg
Sodium (0%) 7 mg
Zinc (21%) 2.02 mg
Water 10.37 g
As you can see, brown rice contains quite a bit of water, a hint of salt, calcium, fat and sugar, but they contain a lot of acidic content.
This means that they can eat brown rice in small amounts both cooked and raw. Although it is of no nutritional benefit for hamsters it doesn’t mean that they can’t nibble a few grains of brown rice.