Are MELT Organic products vegan?
Rich & Creamy MELT Organic, Probiotic MELT Organic and MELT Organic Buttery Sticks are dairy free and vegan.
Why do you use canola oil in MELT Organic – isn’t canola oil bad for you?
Skepticism for conventional canola oil is understandable, especially when it’s a dominant ingredient. However organic, certified non-GMO canola oil that has been sourced and processed correctly can be a great source of Omega 3s and monounsaturated fat when eaten with other healthy fats, specifically saturated fats like coconut oil. We agree that canola oil sourced in North America may be contaminated with GMO seed (unless verified with genetic testing), which is why we source organic canola oil from the Netherlands. Each batch of our organic canola oil is genetically tested to ensure no GMO contamination is present. The Non-GMO project provides excellent vetting of organic canola sources and requires genetic testing. It is possible that conventional canola oils may be rancid on the shelf. However, MELT Organic sources organic canola oil that is tested for rancidity prior to production. The differences between the certified organic, non-GMO canola oil sourced for MELT Organic and the conventional canola oil generally available are summarized in the MELT Blog on Canola. Or read this excellent blog post from Whole Foods.
I’m concerned about the deforestation and loss of habitat caused by palm fruit demand.
Our organic and non-GMO palm fruit oil is Rainforest Alliance Certified, certified Eco-Social and Fair Trade by the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Fair Trade USA. The organic palm fruit oil we use in all MELT products is sourced from Colombia (South America) and certified Fair Trade/ Ecosocial by the RSPO, Fair Trade USA and Rainforest
Alliance (www.rspo.org, www.fairtradeuse.org, www.rainforest-alliance.org). The palm fruit oil we source is not linked to the destruction of old growth rain forests, the release of greenhouse gases, the displacement of native people, or the extinction of orangutans or Sumatran tigers (which only live in Borneo and Sumatra in Indonesia). Our certifications verify the palm plantations we source from are not developed by removing rain forests, but by converting pre-existing agricultural land to palm oil production. Our supplier also has several Fair Trade programs above and beyond the standards set forth by the RSPO.
In addition, our palm fruit oil supplier was the first Latin America Company to be RSPO Certified (2010), is ranked #1 on the Sustainable Palm Oil Transparency Toolkit, is a founding member of the Palm Oil Innovation Group and has a zero waste production cycle and is 100% traceable to the farm.
Does MELT Organic’s coconut oil supplier enslave monkeys to pick coconuts?
This is one of those questions where you just rub your temples and look to see if it’s 5:00 pm yet. The answer is, of course, no. We do not know of any third party verification that ensures monkey laborers are not being enslaved. Unfortunately, until such certification exists you will have to take us at our word, the word of our suppliers and trust the other 3rd party certifications that we have. Prosperity Organic Foods (MELT) is proud to be a Certified B Corporation, one that meets the highest global standards for social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Though, B Corp certification does not specifically preclude using monkey labor, the fact that we have received this certification for meeting “the highest global standards for social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency” makes it highly unlikely that we would include enslaving monkeys as a best practice. Our Fair Trade USA Fair Trade certification is also relevant because it relates to the treatment of the human workers who harvest the coconuts for our suppliers. Our supplier goes to great lengths to ensure that these laborers have safe working conditions and are paid fair wages. Additionally, our supplier builds schools and pays for these laborers and their children to attend – youtube.com This, of course, would be a ridiculous, superfluous, and pointless expense if they were forcing monkeys to do the work.
Can I cook and bake with MELT Organic?
MELT Organic spreads and Baking Sticks are 1-1 replacements for baking in all your favorite cooking and baking recipes. Our Perfect Blend™ of organic fruit- and plant-based oils and fats also means that MELT Organic spreads, tops, sautés, cooks and bakes just like butter. MELT Organic has a similar melt point to butter making it ideal for baking and cooking.
MELT Organic Baking Sticks is specifically optimized for baking and cooking with oils that are not high in omega 6 ALA’s, like soybean, canola, safflower.
Probiotic MELT Organic has live cultures that can be damaged by excessive heat and is therefore best used as a spread or in no-bake recipes to provide you with your daily dose of probiotics in just two servings.
Please visit Tips and Recipes for tasty suggestions and recipes using MELT Organic in place of butter, olive oil and other fats in your daily diet.
Is MELT Organic Soy Free?
We created the Perfect Blend of organic oils that are each better for you when optimally combined so that MELT Organic is truly good for you. We chose only those ingredients that add to the overall benefits of our products. The ideal ratio of Omega 6s to Omega 3s is between 2.5:1 and 1:1. Soy oil is almost completely composed of Omega 6 polyunsaturated fat and almost completely absent of Omega 3s ALA’s. It is widely recognized that Americans over-consume polyunsaturated fats made of Omega 6s and are deficient in Omega 3s. Including soy oil dilutes the benefits of our flaxseed oil because it increases the ratio of Omega 6s to Omega 3s. MELT Organic’s Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio is 2:1. We chose hi-oleic sunflower oil and sunflower lecithin instead, so that people who are allergic to soy can also enjoy MELT Organic.
Is each variety of MELT Organic certified Organic, Kosher Pareve, Halal, and Non-GMO? Are the coconut and palm fruit oils you use certified Fair Trade and Eco-social?
Each variety of MELT Organic is certified Organic, certified Kosher Pareve (OU), certified Halal (IFANCA), and Non-GMO Project Verified. All of our oils are ethically sourced to ensure optimal beneficial qualities, social responsibility and sustainable farming practices. In particular, our palm fruit oil is certified Fair Trade and Ecosocial and our organic coconut oil is certified Fair Trade Fair for Life (at least 20% ingredient). None contribute to deforestation practices.
Are MELT Organic products safe for children with autism?
MELT Organic products are approved by the Autism Hope Alliance because all of our products are free from dairy, soy, and gluten as well artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. MELT Organic products are free from the top 8 allergens and our packaging is not formulated or manufactured using Bisphenol A, Bisphenol S, Butylated Hydroxyanisole, tert-butylhydroquinone or any phthalate.
Are there artificial colors, flavors or preservatives in MELT Organic?
All MELT Organic products are free from artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Never had ’em, never will.
Additionally, we do not use diacetyl or anything like it in MELT Organic spreads. Diacetyl and other artificial flavors and ingredients are banned from use in organic certified products. Each of our natural flavors are organic compliant, non-GMO certified, processed without the use of solvents and do not contain glycerin, maltodextrin or citric acids.
How is MELT Organic better than other butter blends or spreads?
MELT Organic is the only butter improvement that is luscious and truly good for you. Each of our organic ingredients has been carefully chosen and combined into the Perfect Blend so the benefits of each organic oil is enhanced. MELT Organic is superior in its range of offered health benefits to butter (regular, whipped or blended), margarine, and other buttery spreads.
At Last, Good Fat!®
Hard to believe? Not anymore, because not all fats are created equal. By “good fat,” we mean each variety of MELT® Organic features the Perfect Blendtm of organic fruit- and plant-based oils that have been carefully chosen to be good tasting and good for you: virgin coconut, palm fruit, flaxseed, sunflower and canola.
Each serving of MELT Organic is an excellent source of Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs) – the “good fats” – that our bodies burn as energy instead of storing as fat. MCFAs are recognized as good fats because they are readily absorbed, easily digested and converted to energy.
Each variety of MELT Organic is perfect for a healthy lifestyle. Margarine and virtually all other butter substitutes that contain either hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils have been linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes type II and other deadly illnesses. Each variety of MELT Organic is soy free, gluten free, dairy free, and trans fats free with no hydrogenated oils or artificial ingredients. All of our organic oils are ethically sourced to ensure optimal healthful qualities, social responsibility and sustainable farming practices.
Why does non-GMO matter if the ingredients are certified organic?
While GMOs are banned from foods certified organic (like MELT Organic), USDA enforcement on genetic testing is lacking for verifying non-GMO status with high risk ingredients (e.g., canola, corn, soy, alfalfa, sugar beets, zucchini, cotton, etc.) whose organic seed may have been contaminated by neighboring farms. For this reason, some food companies choose to voluntarily go the next level with a non-GMO certification from the Non-GMO Project because they are widely regarded as having the highest standards and require genetic testing of high risk ingredients regardless of whether they are certified organic or not.
Are MELT Organic’s tocopherols derived from soy or corn sources?
The short answer is yes. However, the tocopherols used in MELT® Organic are derived from a vegetable oil blend that includes soy oil, which would be true for tocopherols in any food product in the marketplace. With that said, the tocopherols used in MELT Organic are tested 100% free of all soy genetic material and are therefore soy- and allergen-free.
A pure concentration of tocopherols is extracted out of multiple distillations of a vegetable oil blend that includes soy. Tocopherols distilled multiple times from a vegetable oil blend are equivalent to vodka distilled multiple times from wheat: none of the wheat or gluten is present in vodka. The same holds true for tocopherols derived or partially derived from soy. All of the soy proteins (the allergenic component of soy) are removed in the first distillation; additional distillations remove all of the other lipids (fatty acids) associated with the vegetable blend as well, so all that remains is a pure concentration of tocopherols. Testing of this pure concentration of tocopherols shows no genetic trace of soy. In other words, the tocopherol molecules extracted from soy are identical to tocopherol molecules from any other source, with the only difference being in the ratio of the different tocopherols present (e.g., alpha, beta, delta, gamma, tocotrienols).