Providing your hamster with a nutritional and well-balanced diet is very important for its health and longevity.
As a bonus, treats offer a most welcome variation in the diet.
Can hamsters eat bananas?
YES, hamsters can eat bananas! In fact, most of them love the taste.
And it doesn’t matter what species of hamster you have. All of them can eat it, although you have to be extra careful with dwarf hamsters. Since they are prone to diabetes, and bananas have a relatively high content of sugar, you should only give small amounts once a week.
Syrian hamsters and Roborovskis can be fed 1/4 teaspoon servings 2-3 times a week.
Remember, it’s a snack, not food! Serving more can cause diarrhea. Potential longterm side effects of serving too much banana are diabetes and obesity.
But overall, bananas are healthy for both hamsters and humans.
It’s a nutritious fruit that’s rich in dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.
Wikipedia on bananas:
Raw bananas (not including the peel) are 75% water, 23% carbohydrates, 1% protein, and contain negligible fat
The only negative thing is their sugar content (12%). But as long as you keep servings small it shouldn’t be an issue.
Don’t let your hamster eat the peels as they may contain pesticides!