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Dried corn can contain high levels of fungal contaminates which has been shown to cause liver cancer in rats. Corn also contains high levels of both nitrates and amines. These two compounds can combine in the stomach to form nitrosamines which are carcinogenic. Other foods high in nitrates include beets, celery, eggplant, lettuce, cucumber, radishes, spinach, collards and turnip greens. Therefore, I suggest you limit the amount of these foods in your rat’s diet. Some fresh corn is fine, but if you feed your rats blocks, it might be best to avoid brands which have corn as the first ingredient, if possible.
Generally, if you would eat a food, you can give it to your rats. Here are some exceptions and notables: citrus juice—forbidden for male rats only, d-limonene in the skin oil, which gets into the orange juice during squeezing, can cause kidney damage and kidney cancer due to a protein that only male rats have in their kidneys. Pieces of the orange fruit are okay if you wash the orange-skin oil off of it after peeling it.raw dry beans or peanuts—contains antinutrients that destroy vitamin A and enzymes needed to digest protein and starches, and causes red blood cells to clump. Roasted peanuts are fine. green bananas—inhibits starch-digesting enzymes green potato skin and eyes—contain solanine, a toxin mango—forbidden for male rats only, because it contains d-limonene. See above. poppy seeds—contains a hallucinogen that can cause neurological damage. raw sweet potato—contains an inhibitor that blocks the action of trypsin, an enzyme that digests proteins. Canned sweet potato is cooked and is fine raw bulk tofu—can contain bacteria; packaged raw tofu is safe wild insects—can carry internal parasites and diseases