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WILDFLOWER2011 Posts: 182
3/6/11 3:08 P

I've used the spray butters in lieu of butter on my potatoes before, but it takes way too many sprays to get the taste I want, so now I just use Smart Balance Light. I use the sprays on some things, like grilled cheese sandwiches and to toast tortillas, but I use 5 sprays to stay within the "zero calorie" range. I am aware that it's probably more like 5 or 10 calories, but that's fine with me.

KAYLA1010 Posts: 119
3/6/11 2:49 P

I personally love using I can't believe it's not butter spray. Yes - I may use a lot but enjoy the taste of it on many things. I just make sure to track it. 25 sprays = 20 calories.

TRILLIANTOO SparkPoints: (40,805)
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3/6/11 5:04 A

You really have to look at all things when it comes to food. Nothing is really "zero" calorie ... it just depends on serving size.

Anything less than 0 for something, they can mark as 0. So they can change serving sizes to match.

This came up heatedly a couple years back when people were taking about how pickles are a zero calorie food. But if you look at the label, those jumbo pickles were something like 5 servings ... the calories worked out to be quite a bit more. Sure, not tons more like a fat / fatty food, but still - more than zero!

Not all foods are listed in the USDA database, but I always find it interesting to put in 1 serving, then 10, then 100 and see what the numbers look like for the supposedly zero whatever foods.




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3/6/11 4:16 A

I don't really use butter anymore..I use the I Can't Believe's It's Not Butter when I make my own garlic bread from wheat bread, but when I have my low-cal waffles in morning I don't put any butter on it..I've just gotten used to putting a little bit of light syrup on it and it tastes great! I thought the ICBINB states that it is 5 cals or something for so many sprays...or something like that. I use it sparingly when I do use it and I don't use any other type of butter for anything else...I just don't need those extra calories in my diet.

Thanks for the info!

REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (35,936)
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3/6/11 2:57 A

perhaps re-evaluate the word single press to spray and the word pour..

May be a good product if used correctly..

Cold pressed olive oil has about that amount of calories too..

Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 3/6/2011 (03:17)
BRITOMART Posts: 7,472
3/5/11 9:59 P

I bought a mister and use evoo in it. Much better than the commercial sprays, and no more calories

Edited by: BRITOMART at: 3/5/2011 (21:59)
AMANDALOVELY7 Posts: 75
3/5/11 8:16 P

Seriously did NOT know this! Very informative, thank you!

UTAHKIM Posts: 72
3/5/11 7:46 P

Good to know! Thanks!

NUTMEG1125 Posts: 2,002
3/5/11 7:39 P

Many of the spray things also contain trans fats. Because it contains less than 1 gram per serving it doesn't have to be on the label. So if you use 3 servings, you could end up having 1.5 grams of trans fats...eep.

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3/5/11 6:09 P

wow... i actually used to eat a lot of i cant believe its not butter with biscuits when i was pregnant,
i keep it in the house sometimes but hardlly use it .
but thanks for the info

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3/5/11 5:06 P

Wow, how much cooking spray are you guys using?! lol. If you use enough of it that it's going to really add up for you - I'd re-evaluate my eating habits. Just sayin.

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3/5/11 12:36 P

That is why I like the spray salad dressing, it says so many sprays is so many calories vs a tablespoon. Plus I can put it more evenly on my food and have a better flavor vs just better.

RHPSHOW Posts: 43
3/5/11 12:36 P

Labels have nothing to do with it. It is serving sizes.

I can make the most fat laden dessert calorie free/fat free IF I make the portions small enough.

I know one woman who was dancing around about the wonderful low fat low calorie brownies that she was going to make using a recipe that used "Real ingredients like butter" until I pointed out that those brownies would be 1 inch wide and 1 inch long to get that nutritional stats. She decided rapidly she was NOT going to eat an inch square brownie for a serving and then she ran the real stats and almost had the stroke without the butter causing it.

ALWAYS CHECK TO SEE IF SERVING SIZES ARE REALISTIC.
Like who eat 3 potato chips?

Edited by: RHPSHOW at: 3/5/2011 (12:37)
KAYLA1010 Posts: 119
3/5/11 12:30 P

I've heard that 25 sprays = 20 calories. I track my use of it because it can definitely add up. As embarrassing as this may be - one time I used 160 calories worth because I used it on my morning english muffin, I used it for a baked apple with cinnamon & butter spray, and I used it on my veggies and then popcorn. It can add up.

BETHANYBOO Posts: 1,998
11/10/10 10:03 A

Yep, this is something to keep in mind with anything that's labeled as being low calorie. For example, pickles are sometimes labeled as being 0 calories but that's because they round the calories down to 0.

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11/10/10 9:56 A

well - its a "spray" container- not a pour container.
the spray flavors it enough without having to use a ton... I believe in tasting the flavor of my food, rather than the dressing or butter.

But that IS a good warning.

MYCUTEGIZMO Posts: 3,845
11/10/10 9:48 A

Sprays are termed zero calories because of the serving size..well definitely not even a teaspoon!!

Technology is what that really matters here? It is it that allow serving sizes are oils to be that insignificant and thus 0 calories in total...

STACI_HEREFORME Posts: 450
11/10/10 9:27 A

Its all about the serving size. I think it works something like this: if the 'serving' has less than .5g of fat, it can claim 0 calories from fat. I'm not sure exactly how it works on the sprays but its something similar.

I noticed on the 'serving size' for a can of the spray (store brand) it said 1/3 of a second. WHO can hold in the nozzle for just 1/3 of a second? Should be at least 2-3 seconds, LOL. But they do it that way, I am certain, to keep the serving size small enough to rate a 0.

ASMLALALA Posts: 342
11/10/10 8:33 A

oh this just breaks my heart....

BLONDEBTRFLY Posts: 75
11/10/10 8:25 A

I heard this too! I used to drizzle I can't believe it's not butter like it was water, and then I found out the shocking news that it's NOT zero calories! Now I avoid that stuff like the plague! lol

PINKFLY787 Posts: 136
11/10/10 2:33 A

Yup that's why I go with Smart Balance...it's more calories that meet the eye on the label, but I feel better about the ingredients!

PINKFLY787 Posts: 136
11/10/10 2:32 A

Yup that's why I go with Smart Balance...it's more calories that meet the eye on the label, but I feel better about the ingredients!

CCBRAGA Posts: 329
11/9/10 10:30 P

Yeah, its somewhat deceitful, but on the can, it does have the actual nutritional value. For the PAM that I have, its ~7 calories per 1 second spray. Thats really not bad at all...try using 7 cals worth of olive oil LOL.

People freak out when they find out about PAM, but they fail to realize that there are trace calories basically everywhere. Gum has calories, most "non calorie" sweeteners have calories, etc.

Nothing to worry about unless you use 1/4 of a can to cook.

KRAYNOK Posts: 109
11/9/10 8:45 P

I may be wrong, but I believe that all sprays (olive oil, canola oil, Pam, etc.) have the same amount of calories as any oil. The "zero calories" are based on using a fraction-of-a-second spray. One good thing is that the spray lets you use less because it takes less to coat a pan

LITTLE1DER Posts: 934
11/9/10 8:39 P

One of my biggest peeves is when they call these things "fat free cooking spray"! Thanks for putting this out here, happy eating!

JULESCP Posts: 1,375
11/9/10 8:31 P

I always consider the ingredients list in my choice of toppings. At least I know butter is more natural. I'd rather allot a tsp of butter on something than load myself with artificial ingredients found nowhere in nature, but that's just me.

JDMMJDMM Posts: 93
11/9/10 8:00 P

I recently learned that a whole bottle of "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" spray has nearly 1,000 calories even though it claims to have zero...it's all in how it's labeled....same warning applies to the Parkay spray (and, if i'm not mistaken, to butter-flavored cooking spray). I used to pour that stuff onto baked potatoes and veggies...until I learned this sad fact. Sorry if I'm bursting anyone else's butter bubble.

Edited by: JDMMJDMM at: 11/9/2010 (20:03)
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