The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest sources of food.
A cousin to the pea and a rich provider of protein and carbohydrates the lentil.
It is also a good source of calcium, phosphorus, iron and B vitamins – making it an important diet staple the world over.
The most commonly used in cooking are Brown, Red and Green lentils.
Although Puy and Yellow are stocked in many health and specialist shops.
When cooked these lentils form a rich puree and therefore are superb for thickening dishes such as soups and casseroles.
hey are also often cooked with spices to make the Indian side dish, dhal. (source)
So can hamsters eat red split lentils?
They can nibble cooked lentils in small amounts but nothing more than that, due to the amount of calcium and phosphorus they contain.
They also hold no nutritional value for hamsters.