can hamsters eat raw corn

Can Hamsters Eat Raw Corn?

Sweet corn is a variety of maize with a high sugar content.

Sweet corn is the result of a naturally occurring recessive mutation in the genes which control conversion of sugar to starch inside the endosperm of the corn kernel.

Unlike field corn varieties, which are harvested when the kernels are dry and mature (dent stage), sweet corn is picked when immature (milk stage) and prepared and eaten as a vegetable, rather than a grain.

Since the process of maturation involves converting sugar to starch, sweet corn stores poorly and must be eaten fresh, canned, or frozen, before the kernels become tough and starchy.

So can hamsters eat raw corn?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 360 kJ (86 kcal)
Carbohydrates
19.02 g
Sugars 3.22 g
Dietary fiber 2.7 g
Fat
1.18 g
Protein
3.2 g
Tryptophan 0.023 g
Threonine 0.129 g
Isoleucine 0.129 g
Leucine 0.348 g
Lysine 0.137 g
Methionine 0.067 g
Cystine 0.026 g
Phenylalanine 0.150 g
Tyrosine 0.123 g
Valine 0.185 g
Arginine 0.131 g
Histidine 0.089 g
Alanine 0.295 g
Aspartic acid 0.244 g
Glutamic acid 0.636 g
Glycine 0.127 g
Proline 0.292 g
Serine 0.153 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv. (1%) 9 μg
Thiamine (B1) (17%) 0.200 mg
Niacin (B3) (11%) 1.700 mg
Folate (B9) (12%) 46 μg
Vitamin C (8%) 6.8 mg
Minerals
Iron (4%) 0.52 mg
Magnesium (10%) 37 mg
Potassium (6%) 270 mg
Other constituents
Water 75.96 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, raw corn contains a lot of water, acidic content, a little sugar, and a hint of fat.

This means that it is fine for them to nibble on as an occasional food but shouldn’t a regular food as part of their diet due to the amount of sugar and water it contains.