I have a can of generic Pam which shows zero calories on the label, but the serving size is calculated by the amount of time you spray, which is less than a second. It's something like a third of a second. Which is laughable to try to calculate. I generally don't track it unless I know I'm spraying a LOT, in which case I'll track it as a 1/4 tsp. of oil, maybe a half teaspoon if I'm really using a great deal.
Even if it is .4 grams of fat per spray, and you use 10 sprays, it is just 4 grams of fat, or 36 calories. It is more likely 1 gram of fat, and 9 calories for 10 sprays, and not enough to even track. You are obviously aware that it has some fat, so use what you need, count the one gram of fat if you feel the need, but it won't make any difference in your diet, unless you use 30-40 sprays.
I use 2 Tbsp. of actual butter for my eggs at breakfast, which is 200 calories, and 22 grams of fat. This makes a large pool of butter, and if you take 1/4 stick and melt it, you can compare what it looks like versus what the pan looks like when you spray it. I have a feeling that you will realize that you use 1/10th as much, which may help you relax. That is why they made it a spray, to limit the fat and calories. As long as you are aware that there are some of both, you will probably limit it enough, just because of being aware.
Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 3/17/2014 (11:32)
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Labeling guidelines state that any food that contains 0.5 grams or less of a nutrient can be listed as zero grams on the nutrition facts label. Then you have to read the Olivio Buttery Spray's nutrition label that says 5 sprays = 0 grams of fat but the nutrition label includes Ingredients: Water, soybean oil, olive oil, salt, sweet cream buttermilk with * that indicates the oils add a dietarily insignificant amount of fat or cholesterol. What we know is that the product is mostly water with emulsifiers and a mix of oils. So, putting together what you know you can assume that to get "dietarily insignificant" levels of the fats from this product, you have to limit yourself to 5 sprays. So if you go to 10 sprays, you could safely assume you would consume 1 grams of fat and the calories that go along with that.
Hope that helps decipher a little.
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I have also frequently had this question in my mind. I use I Can't Believe it's not butter SPRAY a lot! And I love to use it-but I figure it has to have some fat and calories for like 10 sprays right?!
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On nutrition labels, manufacturers are allowed to round fractional amounts down. Thus, a "5-spray serving" of Olivio buttery spray or any of those types of things can say "0 grams" of fat even though the actual amount is non-zero.
I serve veggies family style, and rather than spraying over and over and over I use a tablespoon or so for a couple of portions. Obviously this is more than the "5 spray serving," and I doubt that most people use ONLY FIVE SPRAYS of these things on an adult-sized serving of vegetables.
Does anyone know have a source for nutrition information for larger amounts of these these things? I'm thinking of mainly of margarine sprays, but also things like Pam (or other aerosol non-stick sprays)--basically anything where the fat content is non-zero but is rounded down to "zero grams" for some absurdly unrealistic portion size.
My guess, based on how Olivio buttery spray looks and tastes, is that it is about 50% oil by volume, which would mean that a tablespoon might actually be about 60 calories, all fat. Anyone know for real? I did a web search but got nothing.
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