can hamsters eat tinned sweetcorn

Can Hamsters Eat Tinned Sweetcorn?

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 tinned sweetcorn?

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

In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, calcium, salt, 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 sweetcorn contains a lot of water, acidic content, quite a bit of sugar, and a little fat.

This means that they are fine for Roborovski and Syrian hamsters to eat.

However due to their sugar content they are not the best for Chinese, Winter white dwarf, and Russian Campbell Dwarf hamsters.

This is because they are prone to diabetes and sweetcorn may make them sick.

Just one or two kernels of twinned sweetcorn are sufficient for them.