Stephanie Bradberry is an educator herbalist, naturopath, and energy healer. She loves being a freelance writer and whipping up recipes.
It is possible to write about a product that has not come from the aisles of Trader Joe’s. So, this time I present an item from a company called Melaleuca. The catch to this product is you must be a member in order to get it. But I would say it is well worth being a member of Melaleuca in order to get this popcorn. I have been a member on and off for a few years. The breaks in membership comes from the products lasting a long time but having to buy a certain quota (product points) of products a month. But I was delighted when I saw they had this new food item and simply had to give it a try. The potential of finding a good, healthy version of one of my favorite snacks was too tempting.
Each pack comes with three bags of microwave popcorn. Each bag is 3.5 ounces. Each bag is enough for me to share with the kids. But I find they tend to hog most of it. The ingredients are as follows: organic yellow popcorn, organic palm oil, organic butter flavor (diacetyl-free), salt, organic annatto.
What Makes It Great
It comes from a company that strives to meet the needs of people who want health alternatives. Melaleuca is proud to say that this microwave popcorn is made with natural butter, has no trans fat, no artificial flavors or preservatives, no artificial color, and no cholesterol. So basically you can have your cake and eat it too. This popcorn is also certified USDA organic. And the popcorn is made with 100% whole grain.
For a “fit” popcorn, it sure tastes good. But then I wondered, “Why does it taste so good?” While there are some products that I do not need to pay to much attention to the label, I do get skeptical when something tastes too darn good. And I think I found the answer. I am no expert when it comes to ratios, but in looking at the serving size and seeing that a serving for the microwave popcorn is 1/3 of a bag, the numbers seemed a little startling. If the calories are 140 for one serving (or 1/3 of the bag), then the total calories for a bag would be 420, right? This would take a chunk out of someone’s 2,000 calories diet…especially for a snack. I guess this is made up by the 12% of dietary fiber. Remember you have to times by three because of the serving size. So the amount of fiber per bag is 36%. But then I cannot help but yo-yo back and realize there is 10% sodium. That comes out to 30% per bag. I like salt on popcorn, and you can tell this popcorn is well seasoned when you taste it. However, this “fit” snack is more than 1/3 of your recommended salt for the day.
Melaleuca is certainly on to something. They even offer the microwave in another variety. But outside of their Renew lotion, vitamins, and similar products, they need more time to get down eliminating more borderline problem ingredients while not sacrificing taste and/or texture. Taste and texture are not an issue for the popcorn, but some of the amounts of nutrients are.
About the Author
Stephanie Bradberry is a freelance writer and editor. She is an educator, herbalist, naturopath and energy healer who runs her own home-based business, Stephanie J. Bradberry, LLC. One of her favorite pastimes is whipping up or trying out recipes.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2012 Stephanie Bradberry
Stephanie Bradberry (author) from New Jersey on August 16, 2015:
Hello Tom Sevitz. Not that I know of.
Tom Sevitz on August 16, 2015:
Does simply fit popcorn bag have a Teflon coating ?
Stephanie Bradberry (author) from New Jersey on May 25, 2013:
Consider Melaleuca like a partial online version of Sam's or BJ's. You can only get the products if you are a member. But sometimes you can find people who are selling their surplus items at events. You can search on the internet for people who are trying to sell things individually. And you can call up and buy items at full price and not get the member discount. I hope this helps.
moonlake from America on May 24, 2013:
That is a lot of calories in one bag. We don't have Melaleuca, is it a store or just on the internet? Very interesting hub voted up.
Stephanie Bradberry (author) from New Jersey on December 26, 2012:
Hellexpertcolumn, I am glad you are impressed with this product. Melaleuca is a tricky company when it comes to ordering. Basically, Melaleuca is more like a member company like Sam's Club or BJ's. If you sign-up for Melaleuca, then you get products at a discount. This always confused me because there is a price for non-members, but you basically cannot order out-right for the most part. However, if you know someone who is a member, they can just add it to their total purchase for the month or you can call the company's 1-800 number and speak to someone directly. I am not sure what the cost would be. I only sign-up for Melaleuca a few months out of the year because the products do last a while and I am not longer trying to make a profit by getting others to sign-up. If you want more specific information, send me an e-mail.
Stanley Soman from New York on December 25, 2012:
Oh my, 0 CHOLESTEROL my god that is so tempting, can i get this off their website? Where did you get it from the store? I can't seem to find a "order" button on the melaleuca site