can hamsters eat gem lettuce

Can Hamsters Eat Gem Lettuce?

Gem lettuce is very small romaine lettuce that grows between 13 to 20cm within 70 days of planting.

Its leaves are the same color as romaine lettuce but more tender.

They are often sold with most of the outer leaves removed, just leaving the lettuce heart. (source)

So can hamsters eat gem lettuce?

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 55 kJ (13 kcal)
Carbohydrates
2.23 g
Sugars 0.94
Dietary fiber 1.1 g
Fat
0.22 g
Protein
1.35 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(21%) 166 μg
(18%) 1987 μg
1223 μg
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.057 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.062 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) 0.15 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.082 mg
Folate (B9) (18%) 73 μg
Vitamin C (4%) 3.7 mg
Vit E (1%) 0.18 mg
Vitamin K (97%) 102.3 μg
Minerals
Calcium (4%) 35 mg
Iron (10%) 1.24 mg
Magnesium (4%) 13 mg
Manganese (9%) 0.179 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 33 mg
Potassium (5%) 238 mg
Sodium (0%) 5 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.2 mg
Other constituents
Water 95.63 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, gem lettuce contains a lot of water, a hint of and sugar and salt, quite a bit of phosphorus, and a lot of  acidic content.

This means that they can’t eat gem lettuce unfortunately.

It contains too much acidic and water content for them to handle. A food to avoid giving to them.