can hamsters eat brazil nuts

Can Hamsters Eat Brazil Nuts?

Last update August 16th, 2016. The brazil nut is a large three-sided nut that has an edible kernel, several of which grow inside a large woody capsule.

They grow on a South American forest tree, and are harvested in the wild.

Brazil nuts are native to the Guianas, Venezuela, Brazil, eastern Colombia, eastern Peru, and eastern Bolivia.

Its scattered trees are found in large forests on the banks of the Amazon River, Rio Negro, Tapajós, and the Orinoco.

So can hamsters eat brazil nuts at all?

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

In particular we are interested in their acidic, water, fat, phosphorus, sugar, salt, and calcium content as far as hamsters are concerned. We will then be able to assess whether the five main species of pet hamster can eat them or not.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 2,743 kJ (656 kcal)
Carbohydrates
12.27 g
Starch 0.25 g
Sugars 2.33 g
Dietary fiber 7.5 g
Fat
66.43 g
Saturated 15.137 g
Monounsaturated 24.548 g
Polyunsaturated 20.577 g
Protein
14.32 g

Tryptophan 0.141 g
Threonine 0.362 g
Isoleucine 0.516 g
Leucine 1.155 g
Lysine 0.492 g
Methionine 1.008 g
Cystine 0.367 g
Phenylalanine 0.630 g
Tyrosine 0.420 g
Valine 0.756 g
Arginine 2.148 g
Histidine 0.386 g
Alanine 0.577 g
Aspartic acid 1.346 g
Glutamic acid 3.147 g
Glycine 0.718 g
Proline 0.657 g
Serine 0.683 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (54%) 0.617 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.035 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.295 mg
Vitamin B6 (8%) 0.101 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 22 μg
Vitamin C (1%) 0.7 mg
Vitamin E (38%) 5.73 mg
Minerals
Calcium (16%) 160 mg
Iron (19%) 2.43 mg
Magnesium (106%) 376 mg
Manganese (58%) 1.223 mg
Phosphorus (104%) 725 mg
Potassium (14%) 659 mg
Sodium (0%) 3 mg
Zinc (43%) 4.06 mg
Other constituents
Water 3.48 g
Selenium 1917 μg
Beta-Sitosterol 64 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see, brazil nuts contain a huge amount of fat, phosphorus and acidic content, plus a great deal of calcium and a little sugar.

So what does this mean for each species of pet hamster

Syrian hamsters

Because of their fat content, it is recommended that Syrian’s only have one or two small pieces of brazil nut on an occasional basis.

Chinese hamsters

Brazil nuts are best avoided for Chinese due to their sugar content.

Roborovski’s

As with syrian’s they can eat them on an occasional basis, but feed them much less due to their size.

One or two small pieces that they can hold in their paws comfortably will suffice.

Russian Campbell Dwarf’s

Brazil nuts are best avoided due to their sugar content as far as Russian’s are concerned.

Winter White Dwarf’s

As with Syrian’s and Russian’s, Winter White Dwarf’s are best not eating brazil nuts due to their sugar content.

Other comments

Make sure that the brazil nut you do feed them is not salted or flavored in any way.

Do take care with how much you feed them.

Remember a small size to you, is a large size to a hamster.

A good rule of thumb is that the piece is large enough for them to hold in their paws.