Sometimes it’s hard to find a product that both sells and offers any additional benefits. For example, we all know that candy fundraising has always been a big money maker; however it doesn’t contain any nutritional value. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Candy is high in sugar and may contain unhealthy amounts of fat and unwanted calories that often lead to weight gain. On the other hand, popcorn in its basic form is a great source of dietary fiber, even though various components are added that can somewhat offset this benefit.
Still, not all popcorn is the same. Velvet Creme Popcorn has been using the same high quality ingredients as a part of their family recipes since 1937. It stands to reason that anyone who’s been around that long must be doing something right. One such ingredient that offers health benefits that makes our popcorn fundraisers stand out is the use of coconut oil.
1. Popcorn Health Benefits Come Naturally
To pop our corn we use coconut oil which contains no preservatives and is a natural tropical oil. Although it’s high in saturated fat, it’s a non-hydrogenated oil that offers many health benefits. According to livestrong.com, the medium chain fatty acids are quickly digested, producing energy instead of body fat and arterial plaque. About 50 percent of the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil is lauric acid, which strengthens the immune system, and is also found in human breast milk. Caprylic acid and capric acid are also present, contributing to coconut oil's antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties.
2. The Advantages of Coconut Oil Coloring
The coloring for our coconut oil is beta carotene which is an organic compound abundant in plants and fruits giving a red/orange color. The body will convert beta carotene to Vitamin A which is good for vision and overall health.
It may be a stretch to say that our bagged popcorn is healthy, but at least there are some potential side benefits that you may never have realized before.