can hamsters eat macadamia nuts

Can Hamsters Eat Macadamia Nuts?

The Macadamia nut is the fruit of the macadamia tree and is an edible nut often eaten as a snack.

So can hamsters eat macadamia nuts?

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

In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, calcium, salt, and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as hamsters are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 3,080 kJ (740 kcal)
Carbohydrates
13.8 g
Sugars 4.57 g
Dietary fiber 8.6 g
Fat
75.8 g
Saturated 12 g
Monounsaturated 59 g
Polyunsaturated 1.5 g
Protein
7.9 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (104%) 1.195 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (14%) 0.162 mg
Niacin (B3) (16%) 2.473 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(15%) 0.76 mg
Vitamin B6 (21%) 0.275 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 11 μg
Vitamin C (1%) 1.2 mg
Vitamin E (4%) 0.54 mg
Minerals
Calcium (9%) 85 mg
Iron (28%) 3.69 mg
Magnesium (37%) 130 mg
Manganese (195%) 4.1 mg
Phosphorus (27%) 188 mg
Potassium (8%) 368 mg
Zinc (14%) 1.30 mg

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As you can see macadamia nuts contain a lot of phosphorus, calcium, acidic content, fat and sugar.

So what does this mean for each species of pet hamster?

Syrians and Roborovski hamsters: This means that Syrians and Roborovski’s can eat macadamia nuts in small amounts and in moderation. One or two at a time will suffice for them.

White Dwarf’s, Russian Campbell Dwarf’s, Chinese hamsters: Macadamia nuts are not good for these guys as they contain too much sugar for them. So if you read that all hamsters can eat them, then it simply isn’t true. Due to them being prone to diabetes, they can’t have foods that are high in sugar.