The Chinese water chestnut or water chestnut is a grass-like sedge native to Asia, Australia, tropical Africa, and various islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
It is grown in many countries for its edible corms.
The small, rounded corms have a crisp white flesh and may be eaten raw, slightly boiled, or grilled and, often, are pickled or tinned. (source)
So can hamsters eat water chestnuts?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, calcium, phosphorus, and salt content is of particular interest as far as hamsters are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 406 kJ (97 kcal)
Sugars 4.8 g
Dietary fiber 3 g
Thiamine (B1) (12%) 0.14 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (17%) 0.2 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 1 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(10%) 0.479 mg
Vitamin B6 (25%) 0.328 mg
Folate (B9) (4%) 16 μg
Vitamin C (5%) 4 mg
Vitamin E (8%) 1.2 mg
Magnesium (6%) 22 mg
Manganese (16%) 0.331 mg
Phosphorus (9%) 63 mg
Potassium (12%) 584 mg
Zinc (5%) 0.5 mg
As you can see, water chestnuts contain quite a lot of phosphorus and sugar, a lot of acidic content, and a hint of fat.
This means that Robo’s and Syrian’s can eat them but only on an occasional basis due to their acidic and sugar content.
Give them a few small pieces that they can hold in their paws comfortably.
However, Winter white dwarf’s, Russian Campbell dwarf’s, and Chinese hamsters cannot eat water chestnuts.
It has too much sugar in it for them as they are prone to diabetes and so unfortunately is a food to avoid feeding them.