Swiss chard is a leafy green vegetable that is often eaten in Mediterranean cooking.
Fresh young chard can be used raw in salads.
Mature chard leaves and stalks are typically cooked or sauteed.
Their bitterness fades with cooking, leaving a refined flavor which is more delicate than that of cooked spinach.
So can hamsters eat swiss chard?
Let’s take a look at its nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, we are interested in its water, acidic, fat, calcium, sugar, salt, and phosphorus content as far as hamsters are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 84 kJ (20 kcal)
Sugars 1.1 g
Dietary fiber 2.1 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(38%) 306 μg
(34%) 3652 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
Vit 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
Water 92.65 g
As you can see swiss chard contains a lot of water and acidic content.
It also contains quite a bit of phosphorus, calcium, and a hint of fat and sugar.
This means that swiss chard is not a great food for hamsters to eat because of its large acidic and water content.
One or two pieces on a very occasional basis would be okay for them, but nothing more than that.
Make sure they are small enough to hold in their paws.
There are better foods for them to eat though and it isn’t worth buying it especially for them.