Long beans are also called the yardlong bean, bora, bodi, long-podded cowpea, asparagus bean, pea bean, snake bean, or Chinese long bean.
The crisp, tender pods are eaten both fresh and cooked.
They are at their best when young and slender.
So can hamsters eat long beans?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data 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 197 kJ (47 kcal)
Vitamin A equiv. (5%) 43 μg
Thiamine (B1) (9%) 0.107 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (9%) 0.11 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.41 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(11%) 0.55 mg
Vitamin B6 (2%) 0.024 mg
Folate (B9) (16%) 62 μg
Vitamin C (23%) 18.8 mg
Calcium (5%) 50 mg
Iron (4%) 0.47 mg
Magnesium (12%) 44 mg
Manganese (10%) 0.205 mg
Phosphorus (8%) 59 mg
Potassium (5%) 240 mg
Sodium (0%) 4 mg
As you can see, long beans contain a hint of salt, quite a lot of phosphorus, calcium, and a lot of acidic content.
This means that hamsters can eat long beans but only in small amounts on an occasional basis.
This is due to the amount of acidic content they contain.
Long beans are better raw but can be eaten cooked as long as they are cooled before hand.