We receive a lot of emails from our loyal readers (if you are not yet a Member, be sure to sign up for free) asking if it is alright to feed a particular snack or food ingredient to their Pom.
We have rounded up the top 8 food ingredients in question and are going to give detailed answers. This page is going to answer the question of: Is it okay for a Pomeranian to eat popcorn?
This is a good question can many owners wonder about this since popcorn is a very popular snack for many people. Popcorn has been around for a long time, thought to first be cultivated by people thousands of years ago in the area that is now Peru. Scientists have found remnants of popcorn from as far back as 4700 BC!
Many of us were taught in school that the pilgrims were introduced to popcorn by the Native American people, however this is now thought to be a myth. Interestingly, back in the 1800's people regularly ate popcorn as a breakfast cereal, with milk and sometimes a bit of sugar poured over it.
While many of us think of popcorn being just the kernel, some salt and perhaps some butter, in some areas of the world, it is eaten much differently. In the UK, it is sometimes sweetened with sugar. And in Peru, small candy pellets and condensed milk are added to it. In addition, there is of course, caramel popcorn and other specialty treats. For the purpose of this article, to learn if a Pomeranian can eat popcorn, we are going to discuss regular, plain popcorn without added sugar, caramel or any additional toppings other than salt and butter.
We must note that the way in which the corn kernels are popped makes a huge difference in regard to the nutritional value and benefits or negatives of eating it. When air popped, this is the healthiest option, since no oils are added.
Let's look at the difference between air popped and oil popped:
- Air popped -1 cup has 1 gram of protein, 6.2 grams of carbs, .4 grams of fat and contains 31 calories
- Oil popped - 1 cup has 2.1 grams protein, 12.8 grams of carbs, 12.4 grams of fat and contains 165 calories
One of the biggest "cons" of popcorn can be the sodium. One ounce of air popped popcorn has 2 mg, but one ounce of microwave popcorn has 300 mg of sodium! This food does contain fiber, which is healthy (1 ounce has 3.6 grams of dietary fiber). It does not contain any Vitamin A, C and D among others and there are only trace amounts of potassium, iron, B6 and magnesium.