can hamsters eat quinoa

Can Hamsters Eat Quinoa?

Quinoa s a species of the goosefoot genus (Chenopodium quinoa), a grain crop grown primarily for its edible seeds.

It is a pseudocereal, similar in some respects to buckwheat, rather than a true cereal, as it is not a member of the true grass family.

So can hamsters eat quinoa?

Let’s take a look at its nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, its acidic, water, sugar, salt, fat, calcium and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as hamsters are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 503 kJ (120 kcal)
Carbohydrates
21.3 g
Sugars 0.87 g
Dietary fibre 2.8 g
Fat
1.92 g
Saturated 0.231 g
Monounsaturated 0.528 g
Polyunsaturated 1.078 g
Protein
4.4 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
53 μg
Thiamine (B1) (9%) 0.107 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (9%) 0.11 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.412 mg
Vitamin B6 (9%) 0.123 mg
Folate (B9) (11%) 42 μg
Choline (5%) 23 mg
Vitamin C (0%) 0 mg
Vitamin E (4%) 0.63 mg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 17 mg
Iron (11%) 1.49 mg
Magnesium (18%) 64 mg
Manganese (30%) 0.631 mg
Phosphorus (22%) 152 mg
Potassium (4%) 172 mg
Sodium (0%) 7 mg
Zinc (11%) 1.09 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see quinoa contains a lot of phosphorus and acidic content, a hint of calcium, fat and sugar.

This means it is not the best food for hamsters to eat.

A few grains won’t hurt them but it isn’t a food that should be purposely be fed to them, due to the amount of acidic content that it has.