Hazelnuts are a round brown hard-shelled nut which is the edible fruit of the hazel tree.
They are produced commercially in countries such as Azerbaijan, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Georgia, Cyprus, and Spain.
They are used in confectionery to make praline and used with chocolate for chocolate truffles and with other types of product such as Nutella.
So can hamsters eat hazlenuts?
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
Energy 2,629 kJ (628 kcal)
Dietary fiber 9.7g
Vitamin A equiv.
(0%) 1 μg
(0%) 11 μg
Thiamine (B1) (56%) 0.643 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (9%) 0.113 mg
Niacin (B3) (12%) 1.8 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(18%) 0.918 mg
Vitamin B6 (43%) 0.563 mg
Folate (B9) (28%) 113 μg
Vitamin C (8%) 6.3 mg
Vit E (100%) 15.03 mg
Vitamin K (14%) 14.2 μg
Calcium (11%) 114 mg
Iron (36%) 4.7 mg
Magnesium (46%) 163 mg
Manganese (294%) 6.175 mg
Phosphorus (41%) 290 mg
Potassium (14%) 680 mg
Sodium (0%) 0 mg
Zinc (26%) 2.45 mg
As you can see, hazelnuts contain quite a bit of water and sugar, a hint of salt, a lot of phosphorus, calcium, fat and acidic content.
It means some hamsters can eat them, but some others can’t.
Syrian’s and Roborovskis
This means that Syrian hamsters and Roborovski hamsters can eat Hazelnuts, but only in small amounts, a few at a time on an occasional basis.
Their high fat and acidic content makes them not good for hamsters to eat often and will make them sick if they eat too many.
Avoid hazelnuts with flavorings as well and stick with plain hazelnuts.
Winter white dwarf’s, Chinese and Russian Campbell Dwarf hamsters
However, Winter white dwarf’s, Chinese and Russian Campbell Dwarf hamsters cannot eat them as they contain too much sugar in them.
As these varieties of hamster are prone to diabetes, they will make them sick if eaten.