Cilantro is an annual herb and is native to regions spanning from southern Europe and North America to southwestern Asia.
It is also known as chinese parsley, dhania or coriander
Cilantro is eaten as a herb and added to culinary dishes all across the world.
It is known for its versatility in culinary situations.
Cilantro leaves have a lemony or lime-like flavor and have a different taste to the seeds and roots, which are both edible.
So can hamsters eat cilantro?
In order to make an informed assessment, let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
As far as nutritional content is concerned, we are interested in the water, acidic, phosphorus, calcium, fat, salt or sugar content of grapes, as far as hamsters are concerned.
We can then make an assessment as to whether each species of pet hamster can eat them or not.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 95 kJ (23 kcal)
Dietary fiber 2.8 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(42%) 337 μg
(36%) 3930 μg
Thiamine (B1) (6%) 0.067 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (14%) 0.162 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 1.114 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(11%) 0.57 mg
Vitamin B6 (11%) 0.149 mg
Folate (B9) (16%) 62 μg
Vitamin C (33%) 27 mg
Vit E (17%) 2.5 mg
Vitamin K (295%) 310 μg
Calcium (7%) 67 mg
Iron (14%) 1.77 mg
Magnesium (7%) 26 mg
Manganese (20%) 0.426 mg
Phosphorus (7%) 48 mg
Potassium (11%) 521 mg
Sodium (3%) 46 mg
Zinc (5%) 0.5 mg
Water 92.21 g
As you can see, cilantro contains a lot of water and acids, phosphorus, a little salt, a hint of sugar and fat, and quite a bit of calcium content.
This means that cilantro is not the best food for hamsters to eat.
Even though the sugar content is low, it still contains a lot of acid, which can make them sick and water content which can bloat them, not to mention quite a lot of calcium.
As a result it is not the best food for all species of pet hamster to eat and is best avoided due to its content.