can hamsters eat swiss chard

Can Hamsters Eat Swiss Chard?

Swiss chard is a beet of a variety with broad white leaf stalks that may be prepared and eaten separately from the green parts of the leaf.
So can hamsters eat swiss chard?

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 84 kJ (20 kcal)
4.13 g
Sugars 1.1 g
Dietary fiber 2.1 g
0.08 g
1.88 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(38%) 306 μg
(34%) 3652 μg
11015 μg
Vitamin A 6124 IU
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.034 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (7%) 0.086 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.36 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (3%) 0.163 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.085 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 9 μg
Choline (6%) 28.7 mg
Vitamin C (22%) 18 mg
Vit E (13%) 1.89 mg
Vitamin K (312%) 327.3 μg
Calcium (6%) 58 mg
Iron (17%) 2.26 mg
Magnesium (24%) 86 mg
Manganese (16%) 0.334 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 33 mg
Potassium (12%) 549 mg
Sodium (12%) 179 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.33 mg
Other constituents
Water 92.65 g

source wikipedia

As you can see swiss chard contains a lot of salt and acidic content, quite a bit of phosphorus, calcium, and a hint of sugar and fat.

This means that it is not a good food for hamsters to eat and should be avoided, because of its acidic and salt content.

If they happen to nibble some, then they should be fine but too much will do them harm which is why it isn’t recommended as a food for them.