Cinnamon is a spice that comes from the inner bark of several trees.
It is used in both sweet and savory foods.
Cinnamon refers to its mid-brown color.
It is the name for around a dozen species of trees and commercial spice products.
Cinnamon is mainly used in cookery as a condiment and a flavoring ingredient.
It is also used in the preparation of chocolate and in many dessert recipes.
So can hamsters eat cinnamon?
Unfortunately, cinnamon is not good for hamsters at all.
A food to avoid as they just can’t handle the nature of it.
Humans can only take a small amount of it due to its toxicity and the amount of coumarin it contains.
According to wikipedia;
The European Food Safety Authority in 2008 considered toxicity of coumarin. It is known to cause liver and kidney damage in high concentrations and a significant component of cinnamon, and metabolic effect on humans with CYP2A6 polymorphism, and confirmed a maximum recommended Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) of 0.1 mg of coumarin per kg of body weight. The European Union set a guideline for maximum coumarin content in foodstuffs of 50 mg per kg of dough in seasonal foods, and 15 mg per kg in everyday baked foods.
According to the maximum recommended Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) of 0.1 mg of coumarin per kg of body weight, which is 5–8 mg of coumarin for a body weight between 50–80 kg:
|Cinnamomum cassia||Cinnamomum verum|
|milligrams of Coumarin/kilograms of Cinnamon||100 mg – 12,180 mg/kg||<100 mg/kg|
|milligrams of Coumarin/grams of Cinnamon||0.10 mg – 12.180 mg/g||<0.10 mg/g|
|TDI Cinnamon at 50–80 kg Body Weight||50 g – 80 g – (No safe amount)||>50 g – >80 g|
NB: Due to the unpredictable amount of coumarin in Cinnamomum cassia, usually well over 1,000 mg coumarin/1 kg cinnamon, Cinnamomum cassia has no safe intake level.
So do avoid feeding to hamsters as it could harm them greatly if consumed.