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Can My Hamster Eat Beets?

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Can Hamsters Really Eat Beets?

Can My Hamster Eat Beets

Can Hamsters Eat Beets?

Yes, hamsters can eat beets. This food is not toxic to hamsters and does can a large list of beneficial vitamins and minerals. Please remember to feed your hamster this type of vegetable in moderation. Do not feed your hamster Suage Beets, these are full of too much sugar and not suitable for your hamster.


Beets Comparison Table

We have created a table for you to compare the benefits and negatives of your hamster eating beets. Please read through them carefully, so you can decide weather or not beets are suitable for your hamster.

Benefits

  • Contains Vitamin C
  • Folate, Potassium, Magnesium and Iron
  • A healthy snack
  • Source of fiber

Negatives

  • Be treat aware
  • Wash and peel
  • Never add as part of a daily diet
  • messy
  • Avoid the sugar kind!
a picture of beets

What are Beets?

Beets, scientifically known as Beta vulgaris, are a versatile and nutritious root vegetable that belongs to the Chenopodiaceae family. They are characterized by their deep purple-red color, although they can also be found in other hues like golden and striped varieties. Beets have been cultivated for thousands of years and are consumed worldwide for their earthy and slightly sweet flavor.

These vibrant root vegetables are not only visually appealing but also highly nutritious. They are low in calories and fat while being packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. Beets are a good source of folate, manganese, potassium, and vitamin C. Additionally, they contain unique compounds like betalains, which are responsible for their rich color and have been associated with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Beets can be enjoyed in various culinary preparations. They can be eaten raw, grated or sliced, and added to salads for a crunchy texture and vibrant color. They can also be roasted, boiled, or steamed, and used in soups, stews, or side dishes. Furthermore, beetroot juice has gained popularity for its potential health benefits, often consumed as a refreshing beverage or incorporated into smoothies.

So Is It Safe To Feed My Hamster Beets?

It is safe for your hamster to eat beets. Well as long as they are not the sugar kind, but even then it should only be offered as a rare treat. The issue we have with this vegetable is that it needs to be fed in strict moderation. Of course beets are full with vitamins and minerals that are good for your hamster, but the issue is too much of a good thing can be bad for them.

If you want to feed your hamster this tasty treat. First you will need to peel, cut and prepare a slice of beets for your hamster. Ensure the beet is fresh and cut into a piece suitable for your hamster to hold comfortably in their hands. This is classed as one serving. You can feed them up to 2 servings of this size per month split between 2 weeks. Do not over feed your hamster.

This is a vegetable quite similar to green beans. So if you are concerned about introducing this into your hamsters diet we would advise against it. We rarely feed our hamster beets as it’s just too much of a big deal to make, considering our hamster can only eat a small morsel of it.

Just remember when introducing your hamster to new foods it is best to introduce them gradually. Some hamsters might have a bad time with certain foods. So we encourage our readers to get a small amount of the food and feed it to their hamster. Wait 48 hours and see if your hamster has had any reactions to the food. If they have not had any issues it is safe to say you can feed them this type of food as part of a balanced diet.

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Conclusion

Although beets are not toxic for your hamster we would only advise you treat your hamster to a small piece on a rare occasion. It’s not something they should consume on a daily basis. There are so many more healthy snacks that they can enjoy. Be very careful if you are going to feed them beets that they are not sugar beets. Sugar beets contain far too much sugar and can cause harm to your hamsters health.

When it comes to this vegetable if you don’t buy it fresh and opt for it in jars instead it could have added sugar, making it not suitable for your hamster. We will leave this in the edible food section as it is a rare treat and a tiny piece is safe for your hamster to consume. But never over feed your hamster on this vegetable.

Notice:

Here at Can My Hamster we help people learn all about their fury little friends. What foods they can eat, what things they can do and how to look after them. Please note though, we are not trained Vets we have just looked after Hamsters for many years. So if your hamster is showing any health concerns ensure you get them to a vet as soon as you can.

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