can hamsters eat red currants

Can Hamsters Eat Red Currants?

Red currants are grown from the shrub of the same name.

With maturity, the tart flavor of redcurrant fruit is slightly greater than its blackcurrant relative, but with the same approximate sweetness.

So can hamsters eat red currants?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 234 kJ (56 kcal)
13.8 g
Sugars 7.37 g
Dietary fiber 4.3 g
0.2 g
1.4 g
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.04 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (4%) 0.05 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.1 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (1%) 0.064 mg
Vitamin B6 (5%) 0.07 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 8 μg
Choline (2%) 7.6 mg
Vitamin C (49%) 41 mg
Vit E (1%) 0.1 mg
Vitamin K (10%) 11 μg
Calcium (3%) 33 mg
Iron (8%) 1 mg
Magnesium (4%) 13 mg
Manganese (9%) 0.186 mg
Phosphorus (6%) 44 mg
Potassium (6%) 275 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.23 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see red currants contain quite a lot of phosphorus, a little calcium and acidic content, a hint of fat and quite a lot of sugar.

This means that some hamsters can eat them, but unfortunately others can’t.

Syrian and Roborovski hamsters

They can eat a few of them, two or three at a time, but is recommended that they don’t eat many due to their sugar content.

Winter white dwarf, Chinese, Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters

As these varieties of hamster are prone to diabetes, red currants are not good for them to eat and should be avoided as they will make them sick.