can hamsters eat brussel sprouts

Can Hamsters Eat Brussel Sprouts?

Last updated August 16th, 2016. Brussel sprouts are popular leafy green vegetables and are typically 2.5–4 cm (0.98–1.6 in) in diameter and look like miniature cabbages.

They have long been popular in Brussels, Belgium, and gained their name from that location.

They are popularly cooked in a variety of ways, either boiled, baked, sauteed, stir-fried, fried, or steamed

They are added to a number of different culinary dishes.

So can hamsters eat brussel sprouts at all?

Let’s take a look at their 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 179 kJ (43 kcal)
Carbohydrates 8.95 g
Sugars 2.2 g
Dietary fibre 3.8 g
Fat 0.3 g
Protein 3.38 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(5%) 38 μg
(4%) 450 μg
1590 μg
Thiamine (B1) (12%) 0.139 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (8%) 0.09 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.745 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.309 mg
Vitamin B6 (17%) 0.219 mg
Folate (B9) (15%) 61 μg
Choline (4%) 19.1 mg
Vitamin C (102%) 85 mg
Vit 6%) 0.88 mg
Vitamin K (169%) 177 μg
Calcium (4%) 42 mg
Iron (11%) 1.4 mg
Magnesium (6%) 23 mg
Manganese (16%) 0.337 mg
Phosphorus (10%) 69 mg
Potassium (8%) 389 mg
Sodium (2%) 25 mg
Zinc (4%) 0.42 mg
Other constituents
Water 86 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, brussel sprouts contain a hint of sodium, a lot of water and phosphorus, quite a lot of acidic content, and a little sugar.

Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters

This means that Syrian’s and Roborovski’s can eat brussel sprouts but on an occasional basis.

It’s recommended that they are cut up and fed to them so that they can hold each piece in their paws comfortably.

Just one brussel sprout will suffice for them, fed raw and not cooked.

Winter white dwarf’s, Chinese and Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters

However, Winter white dwarf’s, Chinese, and Russian Campbell dwarf’s can’t eat them unfortunately.

This is due to their sugar content and because they are prone to diabetes are harmful for them.

A food to avoid feeding these species of hamster.