Last update August 29th, 2016.
Lemons are a popular fruit which is grown in many countries around the world.
They are used in culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, which has both culinary and cleaning uses.
The pulp and rind (zest) are also used in cooking and baking.
The juice of the lemon is about 5% to 6% citric acid, which gives a sour taste.
The distinctive sour taste of lemon juice makes it a key ingredient in drinks and foods such as lemonade and lemon meringue pie. (source)
So can hamsters eat lemons?
Let’s take a look at the nutritional data that they contain and find out more.
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 121 kJ (29 kcal)
Sugars 2.5 g
Dietary fiber 2.8 g
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.04 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.1 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.19 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.08 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 11 μg
Choline (1%) 5.1 mg
Vitamin C (64%) 53 mg
Calcium (3%) 26 mg
Iron (5%) 0.6 mg
Magnesium (2%) 8 mg
Manganese (1%) 0.03 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 16 mg
Potassium (3%) 138 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.06 mg
As you can see, lemons contain a hint of phosphorus, calcium, quite a lot of acidic content and sugar.
This means that they can’t eat lemons as they are typically too acidic for hamsters.
Citrus fruits are not good for hamsters eat and as a result, will harm them if they are eaten.
Due to their acidic content, lemons are a food to avoid.