can hamsters eat plantains

Can Hamsters Eat Plantains?

A plantain, or cooking plantain, is one of the less sweet cultivated varieties (cultivars) of the genus Musa whose fruit is also known as a banana. Plantains are always eaten cooked, sometimes along with their leaves and fibers, and are usually large, angular and starch.

So can hamsters eat plantains?

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 510 kJ (120 kcal)
Carbohydrates
31.89 g
Sugars 15 g
Dietary fiber 2.3 g
Fat
0.37 g
Protein
1.3 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
(7%) 56 μg
(4%) 457 μg
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.052 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.054 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.686 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (5%) 0.26 mg
Vitamin B6 (23%) 0.299 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 22 μg
Choline (3%) 13.5 mg
Vitamin C (22%) 18.4 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.14 mg
Vitamin K (1%) 0.7 μg
Minerals
Calcium (0%) 3 mg
Iron (5%) 0.6 mg
Magnesium (10%) 37 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 34 mg
Potassium (11%) 499 mg
Sodium (0%) 4 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.14 mg
Other constituents
Water 65.3 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, plantains contain a lot of water, acidic content, and sugar plus quite a lot of phosphorus.

This means that plantains are not good for hamsters to eat due to their high acidic and water content, and are a food to avoid.