There are two main varieties of endive:
- Curly endive, or frisée (var crispum) which has narrow, green, curly outer leaves.
- It is sometimes called chicory in the United States
- Escarole, or broad-leaved endive has broad, pale green leaves and is less bitter than the other varieties.
So can hamsters eat endive?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium, and phosphorus content is of particular interest as far as hamsters are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 71 kJ (17 kcal)
Dietary fiber 3.1 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(14%) 108 μg
(12%) 1300 μg
Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.08 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%) 0.075 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.4 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (18%) 0.9 mg
Folate (B9) (36%) 142 μg
Vitamin C (8%) 6.5 mg
Vit E (3%) 0.44 mg
Vitamin K (220%) 231 μg
Calcium (5%) 52 mg
Iron (6%) 0.83 mg
Magnesium (4%) 15 mg
Manganese (20%) 0.42 mg
Phosphorus (4%) 28 mg
Potassium (7%) 314 mg
Zinc (8%) 0.79 mg
As you can see, endive contains a little phosphorus, quite a bit of calcium, a lot of acidic content, and a hint of fat.
This means that hamsters can eat endive but only in small amounts on an occasional basis.
This is due to the high acidic content that it has.