Green beans are also known as string beans or snap beans and are the unripe fruit and protective pods of various cultivars of the common bean.
They are distinguished from other differing varieties of beans mainly grown for their dried seeds in that green beans are harvested and consumed with their enclosing pods.
They are eaten all around the world in many different culinary dishes.
So can hamsters eat green beans?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and take a look further.
In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, calcium, salt, and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as hamsters are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 131 kJ (31 kcal)
Dietary fiber 2.7 g
Vitamin A equiv. (4%) 35 μg
Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.082 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (9%) 0.104 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.734 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.225 mg
Vitamin B6 (11%) 0.141 mg
Folate (B9) (8%) 33 μg
Vitamin C (15%) 12.2 mg
Vitamin K (14%) 14.4 μg
Calcium (4%) 37 mg
Iron (8%) 1.03 mg
Magnesium (7%) 25 mg
Manganese (10%) 0.216 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 38 mg
Potassium (4%) 211 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.24 mg
Fluoride 19 µg
As you can see, green beans contains quite a bit of phosphorus and acidic content, a little calcium, and a hint of fat.
This means that they can eat green beans but only in small amounts on an occasional basis. This is because of their acidic and phosphorus content. If you chop up a bean into small pieces for them that they can comfortably hold in their paws, they will appreciate that.
It is better to feed them a raw green bean than cooked though, although they can eat a cooked green bean.