can hamsters eat turnip

Can Hamsters Eat Turnip?

The turnip or white turnip is a root vegetable commonly grown in temperate climates worldwide for its white, bulbous taproot.

It is commonly eaten in many different culinary dishes and as an ingredient and is cooked in many different ways.

So can hamsters eat turnip?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 84 kJ (20 kcal)
Carbohydrates
4.4 g
Sugars 0.5 g
Dietary fiber 3.5 g
Fat
0.2 g
Protein
1.1 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(48%) 381 μg
(42%) 4575 μg
8440 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.045 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%) 0.072 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.411 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.274 mg
Vitamin B6 (14%) 0.18 mg
Folate (B9) (30%) 118 μg
Vitamin C (33%) 27.4 mg
Vit E (13%) 1.88 mg
Vit K (350%) 368 μg
Minerals
Calcium (14%) 137 mg
Iron (6%) 0.8 mg
Magnesium (6%) 22 mg
Manganese (16%) 0.337 mg
Phosphorus (4%) 29 mg
Potassium (4%) 203 mg
Sodium (2%) 29 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see, turnip contains a little phosphorus, a lot of calcium and acidic content, and a hint of fat and sugar.

This means that hamsters can eat turnip, just only occasionally in one or two very small pieces which they can hold in their paws.

Raw turnip is best for hamsters to eat.

Just make sure it is washed thoroughly before giving them turnip.