Can Hamsters Eat Pasta? (Benefits/Risks)

Yes, hamsters can eat pasta.

While dry pasta is mostly carbohydrate, it does supply a small amount of protein and a few other nutrients as well.

It also has a decent amount of fiber.

The downside to eating pasta is the way it’s processed before being made into packaged noodles or macaroni.

Many pasta doughs are bleached white with toxic ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, chlorine dioxide, or azodicarbonamide.

This makes the pasta less nutritious than whole wheat pasta, for instance.

Even whole-grain pasta may not be great because it still contains carbohydrates in the form of starch.  

Carbohydrates are notably lacking in hamster diets (see Carbs in Hamster Food ).

Hamsters are obligate carnivores, which means they can only get their nutrients from meat.

As far as the carbs in pasta go, hamsters may be able to use some for energy but others will likely be stored as fat.

I wouldn’t call this healthy or unhealthy though because hamsters are so low carb, they may not gain weight by eating pasta.