can hamsters eat flaxseed

Can Hamsters Eat Flaxseed?

Flaxseed come in two basic varieties brown and yellow or golden. They are also known as golden linseed.

So can hamsters eat flaxseed at all?

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 2,234 kJ (534 kcal)
28.88 g
Sugars 1.55 g
Dietary fiber 27.3 g
42.16 g
Saturated 3.663 g
Monounsaturated 7.527 g
28.730 g
22.8 g
5.9 g
18.29 g
Thiamine (B1) (143%) 1.644 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (13%) 0.161 mg
Niacin (B3) (21%) 3.08 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(20%) 0.985 mg
Vitamin B6 (36%) 0.473 mg
Folate (B9) (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin C (1%) 0.6 mg
Calcium (26%) 255 mg
Iron (44%) 5.73 mg
Magnesium (110%) 392 mg
Phosphorus (92%) 642 mg
Potassium (17%) 813 mg
Zinc (46%) 4.34 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see flaxseed contains a huge amount of phosphorus and fat, a lot of calcium and acidic content and a hint of sugar.

This means that flaxseed is not recommended as a food for hamsters. It contains too much acidic and phosphorus content for them, not to mention fat which is really bad.

If they eat one or two seeds they will be fine, but it isn’t advised to feed it purposely to them.