Popcorn is one of those foods that dogs can eat, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they should. Popcorn has several ingredients that are good for dogs but may also contain many unhealthy ingredients, especially the beloved toppings. A dog quickly snatching up some stray popcorn during movie night probably won’t cause any health problems, but eating a large amount may create some tummy troubles. Before tossing some kernels to a begging pup, it’s a good idea to learn what is safe and isn’t safe for dogs when it comes to popcorn.
Popcorn contains magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, fiber, protein, and many other healthy ingredients. All of these are good for dogs as they help with digestion, boost energy levels, and support immune and thyroid systems. Popcorn doesn’t contain large doses of these supplements so they won’t help with deficiencies but aren’t harmful to a dog when ingested.
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