Chestnuts are a glossy brown nut that may be roasted and eaten.
So can hamsters eat chestnuts?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, sat, calcium and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as hamsters are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 820 kJ (200 kcal)
Sugars 11 g
Vitamin A equiv. (0%) 1 μg
Thiamine (B1) (13%) 0.144 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (1%) 0.016 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 1.102 mg
Vitamin B6 (27%) 0.352 mg
Folate (B9) (15%) 58 μg
Vitamin B12 (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin C (48%) 40.2 mg
Calcium (2%) 19 mg
Iron (7%) 0.94 mg
Magnesium (8%) 30 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 38 mg
Potassium (10%) 484 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (5%) 0.49 mg
Water 60.21 g
As you can see chestnuts contain a lot of water content, a hint of calcium and fat, quite a bit of phosphorus, a lot of acidic content, and a lot of sugar.
This means that it is not the best food for hamsters to eat and only certain hamsters can eat them.
Syrian’s and Roborovski hamsters
Small pieces are fine for Syrian’s and Robo’s to eat. But only in very small amounts due to their acidic and water content.
Winter white dwarf, Chinese and Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters
Unfortunately, these guys cannot eat chestnuts due to their sugar content. Because they are prone to diabetes, chestnuts will make them sick if they eat them.