Can Hamsters Eat Plantains

Can Hamsters Eat Plantains

No – it is not recommended for hamsters to eat plantains at all due to their high acidic and water content. You definitely should avoid trying to feed this fruit to your hamster as it can make them sick and possibly cause other health related issues.

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Plantains are less sweet cultivated varieties of the genus Musa which is a fruit known as bananas.

Normally plantains are always eaten cooked which sometimes include eating the leaves and fibers.

When considering what types of foods a hamster can eat it is important to consider the calcium, water, acidic, sugar, fat, salt and phosphorous content.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 510 kJ (120 kcal)
31.89 g
Sugars 15 g
Dietary fiber 2.3 g
0.37 g
1.3 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(7%) 56 μg
(4%) 457 μg
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.052 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.054 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.686 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (5%) 0.26 mg
Vitamin B6 (23%) 0.299 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 22 μg
Choline (3%) 13.5 mg
Vitamin C (22%) 18.4 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.14 mg
Vitamin K (1%) 0.7 μg
Calcium (0%) 3 mg
Iron (5%) 0.6 mg
Magnesium (10%) 37 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 34 mg
Potassium (11%) 499 mg
Sodium (0%) 4 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.14 mg
Other constituents
Water 65.3 g

As you can see from this information plantains contain a lot of water and acidic content. Plus there is large quantities of sugar and phosphorus content.

What this means is that hamsters cannot eat this fruit at all as it would be bad for their health.

Therefore completely avoid trying to feed this fruit to your hamster.