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Melt® Organic Love

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Chris – a huge fan of Melt – is also a medical student studying Radiology and sat down with Founder Cygnia Rapp to share his story with us.

How did you discover Melt?

I am always looking for healthy alternatives to butter, not only to be a model for my patients but also for my own health. In the past I used mostly olive oil but it doesn’t work well for baking so I was looking for something that I could use. Melt caught my eye, I tried it, and I really liked it. I have been using Melt almost exclusively since.

What do you like about Melt?

I always really loved coconut, so the idea of a subtle coconut flavor was intriguing to me. Melt has worked well with so many dishes – any baked goods – and I love using Melt in curries and various Eastern dishes. Melt adds an additional flavor you don’t get with other butter substitutes. Recently, I have been using Melt in a number of different stir fries for its flavor. Yesterday, I sautéed shrimp with vegetables and it worked really well.

So it sounds like you agree with our idea of healthy fats and oils.

Yes, yes definitely. Being in a medical field, I feel like I am a pretty educated consumer. A long time ago there was hype against coconut oil because it contains saturated fats.  A substantial amount of research has come out discussing how the fats in virgin coconut oil are different from other fats and are actually helpful for lowering the HDL/LDL ratio. I am healthy now but my family has a history of high cholesterol and coronary artery disease. That’s not a huge driving factor for eating Melt; however it’s nice to know I am eating something that not only tastes great but potentially supports my health in the longer term.

Melt® Organic Love

Friday, May 31st, 2013

This week, Delores sat down with Founder Cygnia Rapp and shared her story with us. We were so impressed we wanted to share it with our readers. Does her story resonate with you? Please share her story with your friends and share yours with us as well.

How did you first discover Melt® Organic?

“I first saw Melt in Vegetarian News. I went for so long without using anything and when I read about Melt I thought to myself, ‘I have to try this!’  My local store didn’t have it so I ordered it online – this was back when there was just the Original [Rich & Creamy] Melt. When Honey Melt came out, I immediately bought some and I love it! I like to sprinkle cinnamon on the Honey Melt and it’s a great way to regulate my blood sugar.

I am a big health nut because I had my thyroid removed when I was very young (24 years old). I have been sold on Melt since the Original [Rich & Creamy] came out and I love the fact that you can freeze it. It is so refreshing to have a product like Melt that is reasonably priced; I buy mostly all organic and I am very picky about what goes into my body. I have a high stress job as a 9-1-1 operator and I am able to hold it together because of the way I fuel my body.

I just love your products and I keep thinking, ok what’s next? They have the honey, they have the chocolate. You really did your homework – I can leave Melt on the counter and it doesn’t get funky and oily or I can take it out of the refrigerator and still spread it on toast.”

Do you notice a difference in how Melt® Organic makes you feel versus other choices on the market?

“Oh definitely – I don’t feel sludgy or sluggish. I still have the same energy I had before I ate my toast and I don’t feel like something is trying to work its way through my body. I used to use a vegan butter substitute but I ended up throwing it away because it was an oily mess and nasty to eat. Melt is awesome, it’s not greasy, and I use it every day.”

What are your favorite ways to use Melt® Organic?

“I love using Melt to cook my eggs. I used Melt this morning for making an omelet with egg whites, kale, heirloom tomato, and Irish black ham and it came out perfectly. I also use Melt when I feel the need to have a buttery something, like over steamed broccoli. I experiment with the Original [Rich & Creamy] to make things happen in the kitchen by adding something to flavor it. It’s awesome!

I used to use coconut oil but it’s hard to use out of the tub and honestly I hardly use it anymore.

I have to say I love, love, love Melt and I am dying for the chocolate to come out!

Air hugs to you – I love you for coming out with this product and I tell everyone about it. Thank you for doing this! I am very pleased with Melt!”

The Supermarket Guru Says Honey Melt® is a HIT!

Friday, May 17th, 2013

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Phil Lempert, known worldwide as The Supermarket Guru®, recently included a review of Honey Melt in his weekly New Food Product Hits & Misses video series.  We are thrilled to report he rated Honey Melt as “A HIT!”

Scoring 87 points, Lempert notes:

Our first HIT of the week! If you are looking to replace butter, this is actually a good choice. It is made from a blend of different organic oils and honey. This would even be good on toast by itself. The honey actually masks the oil taste. Dairy free with 425mg of Omega 3s. 1 tbsp 80 cal, 9g fat, and 2 g of sugars [CORRECTION: it is actually 1g of sugar per serving].

In addition to our great scores on taste, value, health, and ingredients, learn how Honey Melt’s ingredients are sustainably sourced and certified non-GMO and our tropical oils are certified Fair Trade and EcoSocial.

See the full video — the review of Melt starts at about 0.35: Supermarket Guru Rates Honey Melt Buttery Spread as a Hit!

Of course, if you’d like to find where you can buy Honey Melt for yourself, enter your ZIP code in our Store locator.

Dr. Oz and Melt®’s Perfect Blend

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

In a segment called, “Solutions to Break Your Food Addictions” (aired Thursday, March 8), Dr. Oz featured Melt® Organic as his best replacement for butter on the Dr. Oz Show!

Given Melt®’s humble roots in my kitchen, I was ecstatic to see it on the Dr Oz Show! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing both Dr. Oz and a guest from his audience loving Melt®’s divine, creamy taste while enjoying the added bonus of excellent nutrition.

While Dr. Oz mentioned the flaxseed oil in the product, it’s the virgin coconut oil-flaxseed oil combination that is the foundation of Melt®’s Perfect Blend.

What is the Perfect Blend?

The concept of the Perfect Blend is based on extensive research that shows organic, quality sources of saturated fats, particularly medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), are necessary for health and should be embraced in everyone’s diet in balance with other nutritious dietary fats. Just as we need Omega 3s in our diet, we also need MCFAs, which are in abundant supply in virgin coconut oil (VCO): about 75% of VCO is in the form of MCFAs, and the highest among any food source anywhere.

The essence of the Perfect Blend takes full advantage of the MCFAs found in VCO by combining them with oils high in Omega 3s, like flaxseed oil, because MCFAs help Omega 3s and other fat soluble nutrients like Vitamin D to be more readily absorbed and utilized by the body. Melt® offers 425 mg Omega 3s per serving, but even more noteworthy is the 2:1 Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio, a distant leader in the category for offering excellent lipids nutrition.

Think about it: when we combine foods in a synergistic way, we can consume less food for the same effect because we are getting more with less.

The powerful, synergistic combination of MCFAs with Omega 3s has been around for a long time: German biochemist Dr Johanna Budwig was healing “incurable” forms of cancer from the 1950s to the 1990s using her prescription diet that blended flaxseed oil with quark and coconut oil with flaxseed oil to create spreads she recommended to her patients.  (Dr. Budwig was a brilliant scientist and was the first to quantify the deleterious effects of hydrogenated oils on blood lipids back in the 1940s.)

However, if a blob of coconut oil on your spoon doesn’t sound appetizing nor a shot of flaxseed or cod liver oil, Melt®’s divine, silky, rich taste and creamy texture will make getting your daily MCFAs and Omega 3s much easier and more delicious. So go ahead and slather, spread, drizzle, bake, top, and cook your hearts out with Melt®. With our Fair Trade, Ecosocial, and non-GMO ingredients, you can also count on Melt® having the highest sustainability ethics standards.

Go Melt®!

References

Barcelo-Coblijn G, Murphy EJ (2009) Alpha-linolenic acid and its conversion to longer chain n-3 fatty acids: Benefits for human health and a role in maintaining tissue n-3 fatty acid levels. Progress in Lipid Research 48:355-374.

Budwig, J.1994. The Oil-Protein Diet Cookbook. Apple Publishing, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Budwig, J. 1994. Flax Oil as a True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer, and Other Diseases. Apple Publishing, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Conner WE (2000) Importance of n-3 fatty acids in health and disease. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 71(suppl):171S-175S.

Enig, M. 1999. Coconut: In Support of Good Health in the 21st Century. Presented at the 36th session of the Asia & Pacific Coconut Community, 21-25 June.

Enig, M. 2000. Know Your Fats: The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils, and Cholesterol. Bethesda Press, Bethesda, Maryland.

 

“Food, Inc”: Vote with Your Checkbook and Revolutionize the Food Industry

Monday, September 12th, 2011

I justified taking three years to finally watch “Food, Inc” – a well produced documentary on the meat, poultry, soy, and corn industries – because I changed how I sourced meat in my diet years ago, eating only organic, grass-fed meat. I wish I could call out the 4-5 companies this movie highlights, but I risk legal action because of some odd pro-industry laws that do not protect individuals. You would think I am protected by my right to free speech, but remember when Oprah was sued for sharing her views on hamburgers? If you have not seen this movie, I highly recommend it as it is quite an eye-opener.

Ultimately, “Food, Inc” is not about the disturbing dominance of GMO soy and corn, poorly raised and abused animals in unimaginable conditions, and unacceptable slaughtering and processing environments. “Food, Inc” at its core is about a lack of respect – possibly contempt – these companies have for the animals, the planet, the farmers, the workers who process the meat, and the consumers who eat this “food”. When you buy organic products like Melt®, made with EcoSocial and Fair Trade ingredients, organic meat and poultry, and or locally grown food, you are voting for respect, which translates into health and wellness. By the way, I am quite pleased to announce Melt® is now soy-free!

There was a time when I believed the highest road for combating the unethical and unhealthy beef and poultry industries was to become vegetarian. In fact, I was vegetarian for 7 years, long enough to find the smell of cooking meat to be revolting. Not only did vegetarianism not work for me nutritionally, as it turns out, I was also supporting the very companies I did not want to support through the purchase of food products containing non-organic soy and corn (and its derivatives).  I wasn’t just losing a source of protein, iron, minerals, and vitamin B-12, I was replacing meat with nutritionally inferior foods, specifically soy-based foods.  I was amazed at how much better I felt – almost immediately – when I began eating meat again (organic, grass-fed meat only) and practically eliminating the consumption of soy from my diet.

I respect that some feel vegetarianism and veganism are important political and economic statements against the industrialized beef and poultry sectors. However, I would argue that vegetarianism and veganism are choices that may only opt out of the discussion and are potentially very unhealthy. Purchasing sustainably and humanely raised and processed beef and chicken is far more efficient in changing a broken industry by creating demand; on the other hand, excluding meat and animal products from one’s diet is potentially passive and ineffective for initiating measurable change. I welcome you to share your views.

 

Enzyme Supplementation: It Matters

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Hi! I came across a great article on the Dr. Mercola website worth sharing about enzyme supplementation:

Long before I decided to start the Melt® business, I had several digestive disorders. My full recovery required a number of tools and lifestyle changes (including virgin coconut oil); however, taking digestive enzymes with my food played a critical role. The list of supplements I take these days is very short, but even today I always have digestive enzymes with my food and probably will for the rest of my life because of how well it helps my digestion and overall health. The addition of digestive enzymes with meals for an overall wellness program is certainly worth discussing with your Naturopath Doctor. Word to the wise: quality is everything and it is a waste of money to purchase low-quality enzyme supplements (or any low-quality supplements for that matter). That does not mean breaking the budget with overpriced products that do not meet your financial constraints. For better or worse, I spent a ton of money on supplementation – a huge industry of its own – and I was forced to weed out the “nice-to-haves” from the “must-haves” on both price and effectiveness. The best enzyme supplement I have found is produced by Thorne Research: Plantizymes (vegetarian). You may only be able to find these products online (they are professional-grade and not always available outside of a health practitioner’s office), otherwise Source Naturals digestive enzymes work as well, but you will need to take more caps for the same level of effectiveness. Again, use common sense and speak with a health practitioner beforehand.

Please feel free to share your thoughts here or on our facebook page.

 

Melt Review Featured on ABC News NOW

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

On the heels of The Supermarket Guru's positive review of Melt Buttery Spread, Phil Lempert appeared on ABC News NOW's Now You Know program, in a segment on New Grocery Product Reviews.

Lempert recapped his review of Melt, and discussed the product in more detail with host Stephanie Sy.  They discussed the smell and taste of Melt, the combination of ingredients that give it it's unique taste, and the several ways that they tried Melt: As-is out of the package, as a spread, and used in cooking.

In all cases, Lempert noted that Melt performed very well, and he reiterated that Melt is a good replacement for butter.

You can watch the entire ABC News NOW video segment here: Melt Review Featured on ABC News NOW

If you'd like to find a store near you that carries Melt, enter your ZIP code into the Store Finder Search on our website.

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The Supermarket Guru Says We’re a Hit!

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Phil Lempert, known worldwide as The Supermarket Guru®, recently included a review of Melt Buttery Spread in his weekly New Food Product Hits & Misses video series.  And we're thrilled to report that he rated Melt as "A HIT!"

Scoring 93 points, Lempert notes:

This product is a HIT! If you are looking for a butter or margarine replacement Melt is for you. With a great butter flavor, this blend of coconut, canola, palm, soybean and flaxseed oils has an excellent mouth feel and consistency. 100% cholesterol free and just 8 grams of fat per tablespoon.

See the full video — the review of Melt starts at about 2:45 — on our website here: Supermarket Guru Rates Melt Buttery Spread as a Hit!

And of course, if you'd like to find where you can buy Melt for yourself, enter your ZIP code in our Find a Store locator.

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