can hamsters eat sweet potatoes

Can Hamsters Eat Sweet Potatoes?

Sweet potato is an edible tropical tuber with pinkish orange, slightly sweet flesh.

So can hamsters eat sweet potatoes?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 359 kJ (86 kcal)
Carbohydrates
20.1 g
Starch 12.7 g
Sugars 4.2 g
Dietary fiber 3 g
Fat
0.1 g
Protein
1.6 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
(89%) 709 μg
(79%) 8509 μg
Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.078 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.061 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.557 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (16%) 0.8 mg
Vitamin B6 (16%) 0.209 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 11 μg
Vitamin C (3%) 2.4 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.26 mg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 30 mg
Iron (5%) 0.61 mg
Magnesium (7%) 25 mg
Manganese (12%) 0.258 mg
Phosphorus (7%) 47 mg
Potassium (7%) 337 mg
Sodium (4%) 55 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.3 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see, sweet potato contains quite a bit of phosphorus, a little calcium and sugar, and a huge amount of acidic content.

This means that it is not a good food for hamsters to eat and should be avoided if possible. There is just too much acidic content for them to handle.