can hamsters eat pine nuts

Can Hamsters Eat Pine Nuts?

Pine nuts are the edible seeds of pine trees and are eaten regularly as a snack.

So can hamsters eat pine nuts at all?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 2,815 kJ (673 kcal)
Carbohydrates 13.1 g
Starch 1.4 g
Sugars 3.6 g
Dietary fiber 3.7 g
Fat 68.4 g
Saturated 4.9 g
Monounsaturated 18.7 g
Polyunsaturated 34.1 g
Protein 13.7 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
(0%) 1 μg
(0%) 17 μg
Thiamine (B1) (35%) 0.4 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (17%) 0.2 mg
Niacin (B3) (29%) 4.4 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.3 mg
Vitamin B6 (8%) 0.1 mg
Folate (B9) (9%) 34 μg
Choline (11%) 55.8 mg
Vitamin C (1%) 0.8 mg
Vit E (62%) 9.3 mg
Vitamin K (51%) 53.9 μg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 16 mg
Iron (42%) 5.5 mg
Magnesium (71%) 251 mg
Manganese (419%) 8.8 mg
Phosphorus (82%) 575 mg
Potassium (13%) 597 mg
Zinc (67%) 6.4 mg
Other constituents
Water 2.3 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, pine nuts contain a little water, a large amount of phosphorus and fat, acidic content, a little sugar, and a hint of calcium.

This means that Syrian’s and Robo’s can eat one or two pine nuts on a very occasional basis. The large amount of fat and acidic content means that they can’t eat too many of them of they will be sick. Just make sure they are plain pine nuts and not flavored or salted in any way.

However, Russian Campbell dwarf’s, Chinese and Winter white dwarf’s cannot eat pine nuts at all unfortunately due to the sugar content that they have. As they are prone to diabetes, they will endanger their health.