I use the spray to make garlic toast. Five sprays (no more) on a slice of bread, garlic powder, paprika, parsley and a tiny sprinkling of Parmesan cheese make a much lower calorie piece of garlic toast than what I used to eat. Yes, it is loaded with calories just like other margarines and butter, but I use it because the spray lets me put on a thin layer. Don't use it for much else, though...
Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 7/8/2013 (23:16)
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We can't stand the coconut oil, smells like you are using shampoo to prepare food. The point of the sprays is to use a little bit, and it's easier than the old fashioned way of using a paper towel and pouring some oil onto it, and than rubbing that on the pan, toss away the towel with oil on it, wasteful thing to do, old fashioned days. Easy to spray a bit on something, portion control, and so forth. Don't fool yourself into thinking you won't eat some fat again during the rest of your life, people, reality please.
I used to use that spray on food and in pans until I also got wise to the actual calorie count. I am not worried about fat, but as said in this thread, the calories add up.
Although I don't really eat bread or use butter or margarine anymore (not because of dieting, just stopped liking it), it is easier and safer calorically to use a controlled amount of real butter or even a light spread or oil than those sprays, unless a teeny five spray serving once a day or so is all one needs, IMO.
I use coconut oil for cooking or olive oil and I do use real butter. I don't use much of any of the oils or butter I use. I still try to use the logic of in moderation. A general rule I just try to stay away from anything that is not natural.
It's an important lesson that everyone needs to learn. Serving size matters. Ingredients matter. You have to read both and apply a little bit of critical thinking. If the ingredients say "oil," the product isn't really zero fat. It has to be that the serving size is small.
In the case of the oil sprays, it's not really deceptive. They don't have a lot of choice; the serving size really is tiny if you use it as directed, and by law they can't say it has 5 calories if it really has less than 2.5. But then there are things like the individually wrapped "low-calorie!" muffin that's 5 servings, or the drink in a juice-box-type container that can't be resealed and lists 3 servings of something perishable-- like you're going to drink 1/3 of it and throw the rest away, or share the little plastic bendy straw with 2 other people?
I seriously once saw a muffin that had "Only 7g fat!*" and "Only 150 calories!*" in big colored stars, and then in pale gray, tiny print, pretty much invisible on a clear wrapper over a light-brown food, was "*per serving." Flip it over, and the "servings per package" were 6! So the single muffin with "150 calories!" actually had 900. And while you know that you're not supposed to use a whole package of butter spray in one serving, I think the majority of people would think that a muffin was meant to be eaten at one sitting by a single person.
i won't buy this stuff EVER. it is more than full of just fat.
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I like that you can just spray on a little. But it still is margarine in a different form. It's just that if you only use a few sprays you are getting very little compared to pouring on the margarine.
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I guess I'm going to defend the sprays. I use mostly as directed so even though the product is "mostly fat" I actually ingest very little of it. It allows for cooking with very little fat and also allows you to add a bit of that flavoring to food in an easier more convenient way than would be possible in using the same amount of fat and calories from actual butter or margerine. Don't be deceived into thinking you can use tons of this stuff with no added calories. But do use it (if you wish) to help foods like eggs or pancakes not stick to the pan, and you will add so few calories that there is no need to count them.
Well I think the idea of these "sprays" is to use them more as a cooking tool (i.e. to oil the skillet or baking sheet) and not in any significant volume. Thus, it is actually fair to say "spray the pan with X product and cook your fried egg, no sticking and no additional calories or fat!" because that 1-second spray really would not add any measurable calories or fat.
But when you spray for 15 seconds to "coat" something.... yeahhh suddenly there's a teaspoon or two and it IS measurable.
I personally am not a fan of aerosol cooking sprays. I don't like the chemicals and propellant. Though I do have an olive-oil mister (just a pump spray, not aerosolized), which I do enjoy as it is much easier to evenly spread 1/2 tsp of olive oil in the skillet when I can pump it like that vs using a measuring spoon and trying to swirl it around.
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What else would it be?
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I agree that most nutritional info can be misleading, but the butter spray takes the cake! Based on their logic, Doritos could advertise their chips as being 0 cal and 0 fat if they dropped the serving size down to half a chip.
They should not legally be allowed to advertise a product with such a small serving size.Not to mention it's next to impossible to measure. Nor is it a valid form of measurement. A more realistic approach would be to base the nutrition info on a tsp of spray.
Well... all these sprays are actually nothing-but-fat in an aerosol can.
The dispensing method allows a person to put a "light coating" of fat on the pan or the popcorn.
AND if the "recommended serving size" has less than a certain number of calories or fat grams, they are ALLOWED to advertize as "low cal" or "no cal". So they set a "serving size" as a "one second spray"....
So, if you are using it for that purpose (i.e. easily grease a baking sheet) then it's just fine.
If you were hoping to substitute it teaspoon-for-teaspoon with another kind of fat, then, as you discovered, you're out of luck.
I agree that the way these things are advertised is misleading and deceiving. Then again, so is most food advertising....
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4 7/8/13 11:26 A
I've been a long time user of the aforementioned butter spray and I was so angry and disappointed to find out that the nutrition label on it is full of fine print! If you go to their website and click on FAQ, it shows that the larger servings of the spray are full of fat and calories!
1 tsp = approx 25 sprays has 20 calories and 2 g of fat! We're talking a gram of fat for every 10 calories!
Now, this may not seem so bad at first glance, but if you're like me and use it as a replacement on popcorn, in recipes and as a general topping, it really adds up!
Going by the info given on the website, I started adding up fat and calories for different serving sizes. Just 2 tbsp of that stuff banks 120 calories and 12 grams of fat!
Half a cup used in a recipe as a butter replacement? A staggering 480 calories and 48 grams of fat!
Unbelievable! On average the whole bottle boasts a heart-stopping 1100 cal and 90 grams of fat! These people should be sued for false advertising! Don't believe me? Go to the website and start adding it up yourself. As for me, I'm going back to the Smart Balance Heart Healthy Buttery Spread.
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